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Vicky accused committed for trial
Linlithgow Sheriff Court
Mr Tobin missed a second appearance at court
The man charged with murdering Vicky Hamilton has been committed for trial despite missing a second court appearance after a jail attack.

Peter Tobin, 61, is understood to still be receiving treatment for injuries sustained in an assault at Saughton Prison in Edinburgh.

He had been scheduled to appear at Linlithgow Sheriff Court but was not fit enough to leave hospital.

The Crown Office said a hearing took place in his absence.

A 21-year-old inmate has been charged over the assault on Mr Tobin.

A spokesman said: "Peter Tobin has now been fully committed for trial on a charge of murdering Vicky Hamilton.

"No further court dates have been scheduled as yet."

Michael Hamilton with friends and relatives
Mr Hamilton (right) with friends and relatives at the court

He missed the original scheduled hearing on Thursday and then another on Friday following the assault on Wednesday evening.

Mr Tobin was attacked in the prison's protection wing, where vulnerable prisoners are housed.

The accused once lived at the three-bedroom council house in Irvine Drive, Margate, where Vicky's body was found last week.

Vicky, from Redding near Falkirk, was last seen at a bus stop in Bathgate's George Square, just after 1735 GMT on 10 February 1991.

Police also found the body of Dinah McNicol, 18, from Essex, in the Margate house.

Mr Tobin is expected to face a trial for Vicky's murder at the High Court some time next year.

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