Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Ulster mum's agony as Tobin police probe daughter’s death

An Ulster woman today revealed that her daughter's brutal death was being investigated in the light of the grim discovery of two bodies at the former home of suspected serial killer Peter Tobin.

Detectives in Sussex have now reopened files on several unsolved murder cases, including that of Jennifer Kiely, who was raped and murdered on January 22, 2005.

The 35-year-old mum-of-three was found dead in a beach shelter in the seaside town of Eastbourne. She had been stabbed 16 times. Jennifer, whose mother lives in Buncrana, Co Donegal, had travelled to Eastbourne after suffering from post-natal depression.

Reports at the time claimed she was homeless. It is known that Tobin worked with the homeless community occasionally.

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed: “We are undertaking a scoping exercise regarding Peter Tobin and we’re looking at all unresolved cases in Sussex.”

Tobin (61) has been charged with the murder of teenager Vicky Hamilton whose body was recently dug up at the Kent home where he lived. The body of 18-year-old Dinah McNicol was also unearthed from the garden at the same address two weeks ago.

The disappearance of two girls from Eastbourne is also being investigated.

Jesse Earl (22) vanished from her bedsit in 1986. Her skeletal remains were found in bushes at Beachy Head, East Sussex three years later. Louise Kay, meanwhile, went missing from a night club in 1988.

Jennifer's mother Margaret Kiely yesterday said she was aware that a new investigation into her daughter's death had been launched. She said: “They are looking at the case again. There have been no developments, nothing coming through as yet. It is a cold case at the minute. “There is nothing specific. I am just as much in the dark as anyone.”

Ms Kiely, who returned to her native Donegal from England in 1994, said detectives from the UK have not been in contact as yet over her daughter's murder. Jennifer's children now live with their father in England.

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