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Verdict 'ends 17-year nightmare'


Family reaction to Tobin verdict

Peter Tobin's conviction for the murder of Vicky Hamilton is the end of a 17-year nightmare, the Falkirk teenager's family have said.

Vicky's sisters said they could now begin to move on after justice had been done.

Her father, Michael, described the jury's verdict as "brilliant".

Standing outside the High Court in Dundee, he said: "I'd like to thank all concerned in bringing my daughter Vicky's murderer to justice."

He added: "I'd also like to thank Solicitor General Frank Mulholland and his team for all their hard work.

"Furthermore, I want to thank Lothian and Borders Police CID for their hard work in finding my daughter Vicky."

He went on to thank everyone who gave evidence and the jury, whose verdict he described as "brilliant".

Vicky was much more than a girl who was abducted and killed by a stranger, or the girl on a 'missing' poster
Lindsay Brown
Vicky's sister

Vicky's sister, Lindsay Brown, spoke on behalf of the rest of the family.

She said justice had prevailed. "We are glad this 17-year nightmare has finally come to an end; there were many times when we thought this day wouldn't come.

"We are hoping we can now move on as a family and start to remember Vicky as the loving sister she was before she was so tragically and cruelly taken from us.

"Vicky's abduction also robbed us of our mum, Janette, who never came to terms with the fact Vicky never came home that night and who died of a broken heart two years later, never knowing what happened to her daughter.

"Lastly, Vicky was much more than a girl who was abducted and killed by a stranger, or the girl on a 'missing' poster. Our sister was a warm, clever, generous girl who shared many happy years with us.

"We will always remember Vicky as she lived, not as she died."


Sister's tribute to murdered Vicky

Scott Pattison, director of operations for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, said: "For some time now, Vicky's family have known the awful truth of what happened to Vicky after she disappeared that night in Bathgate.

"The truth is that a man, of no recognisable humanity, took the life of the girl they loved. In 2007, Vicky's family were finally able to lay her to rest.

"Now they know that the man who killed Vicky has been brought to justice in a court of law."

Tobin was caught after his arrest for the murder of Polish student Angelika Kluk in Glasgow.

Det Supt David Swindle, of Strathclyde Police, said the force's officers had learned in November 2006 that Tobin had lived in Robertson Avenue, Bathgate, in 1991 - around the time Vicky went missing.

Further action

"Peter Tobin is known to have travelled extensively throughout the UK over the 62 years of his life and inter-force liaison is important to correlate any potential links between Tobin's movements and outstanding missing females or victims of crime," he said.

"At this time, Operation Anagram continues to be a live national scoping exercise to identify whether there are any issues of concern that will require further action."

Tom Nelson, director of forensic services with the Scottish Police Services Authority, said: "We are glad that after what must have been an agonising wait for the Hamilton family, Peter Tobin's trail of death and suffering has met justice.

"The forensic aspects of this case have played a significant role in supporting the police investigation."

He added: "The painstaking dedication and expertise of our forensic experts, allied to the skills and determination of the investigating officers, helped to build a true picture of events - bringing to justice one of the most appalling killers our justice system has seen in recent years."

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