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Man charged with Vicky's murder
Vicky Hamilton

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton, who went missing in 1991.

Peter Tobin, 61, appeared in private at Linlithgow Sheriff Court.

Vicky's remains were found at a house in Margate, Kent, where he once lived. Police had been investigating the disappearance of another missing girl.

Mr Tobin made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody. Officials said he is expected to appear in court again next week.

Human remains

The accused was charged in July over the 15-year-old's disappearance.

Vicky's father Michael and other relatives gathered at the court and Mr Hamilton was accompanied by a police officer as he walked in front of the Reliance prison van which conveyed Mr Tobin to court.

There was a sizeable police presence at the court in West Lothian and some of the family and onlookers who had gathered outside shouted abuse as Mr Tobin was led in and out of the rear of the building by prison escort staff.

Michael Hamilton outside the court
Michael Hamilton was held back during angry scenes at the court

Prior to the court appearance, Vicky's uncle Eric Hamilton told reporters outside: "All I can say is that Mike is happy that the long road is nearly at an end.

"We just want peace and to put Vicky where she belongs."

Police forces are looking at other murders to determine if there is a link to the discovery of Vicky's remains.

Detectives had been looking for missing 18-year-old Dinah McNicol, from Essex, at the Margate house and have said they are continuing to search for any other human remains.

Vicky, who lived in Redding near Falkirk, was last seen waiting for a bus in Bathgate on 10 February 1991.

Personal items

She had been travelling from Livingston to her home and was changing buses when she disappeared.

She was last seen in Bathgate's George Square. Eyewitnesses said she was sitting on a bench eating chips.

Personal items belonging to Vicky, believed to be jewellery and clothing, were also discovered at the house in Kent.

A review of the case into Vicky's disappearance was launched by Lothian and Borders Police last year.

Officers searched a house in Bathgate where Mr Tobin once lived and in October a house in Southsea, Hampshire, was also searched.

Dinah McNicol failed to return home after a trip to Hampshire in 1991.

The garden where the human remains were found

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