Murderer Peter Tobin’s belongings may be destroyed as they go a year unclaimed

Scotland's worst serial killer Peter Tobin died in prison one year ago but no one has come forward to collect his belongings, meaning the process to destroy them could begin shortly.

His favourite books, retrieved from his cell at HMP Edinburgh, are currently gathering dust in storage, while prison bosses await to see whether a relative emerges to collect them.

The convicted killer died last October at the age of 76, after being given a whole life term for the murders of Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.

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According to The Daily Record, prosecutors have requested a two-year extension. However, if the items remain unclaimed by the end of this time period, then they will be destroyed appropriately.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service explained: “Property belonging to an individual no longer in our care will initially be held for 12 months.

“If, after this period, items remain unclaimed, we will advise the Procurator Fiscal and hold this for a further 24 months.

“Once this period has passed, property will be disposed of in line with Rule 50 of the Prison Rules.”

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Tobin's death, allegedly from cancer, will be the subject of an official probe from Crown officials. A Fatal Accident Inquiry is the norm for any inmate who dies while in legal custody.

On September 30, the Crown said: “The death of Peter Tobin will be the subject of a mandatory Fatal Accident Inquiry.”

A fortnight prior to his death, the Sunday Mail released an image of the criminal, which captured him, with a broken hip sustained from a fall, handcuffed to his death bed.

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Before he passed away, suspecting he may be responsible for significantly more murders than three, the police looked into hundreds of unsolved cases to see if there was any link.

But despite their best efforts to get him to cooperate, he refused.

Detectives are still looking at his old letters in a bid to bring some justice to the families that need it.

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