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Serial killer Peter Tobin to appeal murder sentence

Serial killer Peter Tobin is expected to appear in court as he appeals against a murder sentence.

Tobin, who is serving life for murdering three young women, will appear before the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh as he challenges a 30-year term for the killing of Vicky Hamilton.

The 15-year-old was abducted in Bathgate in West Lothian in 1991. Her remains were found 17 years later buried in the garden of Tobin's former home in Margate, Kent.

Judge Lord Emslie branded him "unfit to live in a decent society" following his conviction at the High Court in Dundee in December 2008.

He imposed a life term, with a minimum term of 30 years before Tobin could be considered for parole.

The killer lodged a notice with the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh stating that he planned to challenge the sentence, which was one of the stiffest ever imposed by a Scottish court.

An appeal hearing scheduled for April 15 was postponed when the former handyman fell ill and spent a number of days in hospital.

Tobin is serving a further two life sentences for the murders of Polish student Angelika Kluk and Dinah McNicol.

Miss Hamilton's father, Michael, and Miss McNicol`s father, Ian, were due to attend the hearing, the Daily Record reported.

Mr Hamilton told the newspaper: "Even if the judge says we will take 10 years off, what benefit is that to him? He is in jail until he dies."

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