Peter Tobin: Ashes of serial killer who died chained to bed DUMPED at sea after no one claimed them

Peter Tobin: Ashes of serial killer who died chained to bed DUMPED at sea after no one claimed them
Serial killer Peter Tobin was cremated on Thursday, October 13, and his ashes are dumped at sea (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: Serial killer and sex offender, Peter Tobin was cremated on Thursday, October 13, and his ashes were dumped at sea by Edinburgh City Council after the 76 years old died in the city hospital chained to his hospital bed last Saturday morning, October 8. The local authority was forced to make these arrangements after no family or next of kin showed up to claim his remains.

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According to Daily Record, the funeral took place at a crematorium on Thursday evening without any service. A source said, “After he died, this was dealt with quickly. Like serial killers Robert Black and Angus Sinclair it was considered best that his remains were scattered in the sea.” A spokesperson said: “The remains of Peter Tobin were cremated in accordance with the requirements of Section 87 of the Burials and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016. Ashes from the cremation were dispersed into the sea. The Council’s thoughts are with the victims of his crimes and their loved ones.”

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Tobin was serving a life sentence at HMP Edinburgh for the killings of 15-year-old schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton on February 10, 1991, 18-year-old Dinah McNicol on August 5 the same year, and the 23-year-old Polish student Angelika Kluk on September 26, 2006. In late August, the serial killer was rushed to the hospital after he suffered a broken hip caused due to a fall. He remained in the hospital till his death. 

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Immediately after Tobin's death, prison officers sealed his cell as detectives were keen to examine his personal belongings including letters and papers in hopes to find new information or evidence that might link him to other crimes to which he never confessed. 

Reportedly, there are still a number of questions about Tobin's death, as his death certificate, registered on the same day as he was cremated, shows his cause of death as "unascertained (pending investigations)", although those in the know claimed that the killer had "terminal cancer and started to refuse food and medication around six weeks before his death". According to Daily Record, several tests have been carried out on his corpse before he was cremated to establish the exact cause of death but the results are still not known.

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As per the death certificate, 5:33 am has been officially registered as the evil killer’s death time by a Detective Sergeant at Gayfield Police Office. 33 Stenhouse Road, the address of HMP Edinburgh is listed on Tobin's death certificate, though the father of two is originally from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and is described as divorced on the paperwork with no occupation. The certificates also named his three ex-wives Margaret Mountney, Sylvia Jefferies, and Cathy Wilson, and his parents Daniel and Margaret Tobin.

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