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Prime suspect in 1980 East Sussex homicide, Peter Tobin dies in prison at the age of 76

By Alan Fraser @apoliticaleye

Peter Britton Tobin, Scottish serial killer has died in prison at the age of 76.

Peter Tobin was convicted in 2007 of the murder of 23 year old Polish student Angelika Kluk whose body was discovered under the floorboards of a Glasgow church in which he was working at the time.

Whilst in prison Tobin was further convicted of the murders of 15 year old Vicky Hamilton of Falkirk and 18 year old Dinah McNicol who both disappeared in 1991.

Dinah McNicol was last seen leaving a music concert in Hampshire before her body was discovered in a property used by Tobin.

Tobin was also heavily suspected of involvement in a number of sexual assaults and disappearances across the country.

In 2022 an inquest was held at Eastbourne coroner’s court into the death of 22 year old student Jessie Earl who went missing in 1980 and whose remains were found hidden in undergrowth on Beachy Head in 1989. The original 1989 inquest resulted in an “open verdict”, however the 2022 inquest unusually overturned the original inquests findings and ruled her death as homicide.

Jessie Earl went missing from her accommodation in Upperton Gardens Eastbourne in May 1980 until her body was found in 1989. Despite being found without clothing except for a bra around her neck the 1989 investigating officer of Sussex police concluded that there was insufficient evidence to consider it a murder. A former Detective on that case and who gave evidence at the new inquest supported the new homicide decision. Sussex polices current Chief Constable acknowledged failing in the original investigation.

The family of Jessie Earl maintained throughout that she had been the victim of murder and with the assistance of former police officers and legal experts were instrumental in the 2022 decision being reached. Tobin was living in the area at the time through links to a local church and is believed to have had access to a car belonging to Jessie Earl around the time of her disappearance.

Credit Alan Fraser

Images James Earl, Brother of Jessie at the 2022 inquest Church Tobin visited in Eastbourne Upperton Gardens Eastbourne

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