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Church where Peter Tobin hid victim's body to close

by Kelly Valencia

A church in Glasgow where serial killer Peter Tobin hid the body of one of his victims will close indefinitely.

The leadership of St Patrick's Church shared the news on social media, citing operational costs and a shortfall in the number of people attending the congregation as the main reasons behind the decision.

“Unfortunately the numbers attending the parish, the financial challenges of rising bills, the falling number of priests, and the repair bill of almost £2 million that we are facing means that we cannot carry on much longer,” the Facebook post said.

In 2006, the building was the site of a murder scene following the disappearance of 23-year-old Angelika Kluk. The Polish student, working as a cleaner and staying at the church over the summer, was reported missing after several days of no contact with her family.

Kluk had befriended Peter Tobin, a handyman at the church using the alias Pat McLaughlin. Tobin, who had been recently released from jail for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls, became a suspect after Angelika disappeared the same day she agreed to help him paint a shed.

Tobin was found guilty of her murdering and raping her and hiding her hiding her body under the floor of St Patrick's church.

He was serving a lifetime sentence at HMP Edinburgh until he died in hospital on October 8, 2022, at the age of 76.

The church’s statement continued: “We expect this process to take a couple of years, and in the meantime parish life will continue as normal. We need time to be sad that this is happening, time to mourn, but also time to celebrate the good that has been done in our parish and the faith that has been shared, and time to make the transition partnership with our neighbouring parishes.

“Please keep praying for each other that we can keep the hope of Christ alive in our hearts.”


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