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Clegg said the earlier conviction was relevant “as it demonstrates a propensity to abduct young girls, administer the drug amitryptiline to them, murder them, and bury their bodies in rubbish sacks. There cannot be many people in this world who share those propensities”.
Tobin was also convicted in 1994 of rape and buggery of a 14-year-old girl and indecent assault on another after he had drugged both of them with the sedative.
McNicol’s body was too badly decomposed to show evidence of rape, the court heard but, said Clegg, “there was clearly a sexual motive behind the abduction and murder of Dinah”.