Crimewatch – exclusive interview with Peter Tobin victim

One of the earliest victims of serial killer Peter Tobin will speak out for the first time on BBC One’s Crimewatch, on Monday 5 July at 9pm, in the hope it will encourage other victims to come forward.

The victim, who cannot be named, was sexually assaulted by Tobin in 1968 and describes meeting him in Glasgow when he was 21 going under the name Jim McLaughlin: “He was very polite to me, nice, laughing and joking… just an everyday guy.”

Over 40 years later, she recognised a picture in a magazine of a young Tobin and subsequently came forward after a Crimewatch appeal last December: “I don’t know how many times I went to phone the police… I wouldn’t know what to say – are they going to believe me? Then Crimewatch came up and I texted.”

Crimewatch then passed her details on to Operation Anagram, the UK-wide police probe set up to identify all Tobin’s victims.

Detective Superintendent David Swindle, who is heading up Operation Anagram, and Criminal Behavioural Psychologist Laura Richards will join Kirsty Young in the studio to talk about this crucial new development and to appeal again for people to come forward if they have any information about Tobin’s life.

Crimewatch is on BBC One on 5 July 2010 at 9pm.

 

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