A true crime lover has revealed what it is like to live in a house where a rapist serial killer buried two teenage schoolgirls in the garden.
Abigail Dengate, 38, was living in a cramped two-bed flat with her dad and three children when she pleaded with the council for a home with more space.
But the only space available was empty number 50, the site of a brutal and horrifying tragedy.
Psychopathic killer Peter Tobin was sentenced to a minimum 21 years for the rape and murder of Angelika Kluk in Glasgow in 2006 just three years after his release for a double rape in 1993.
Skeletal remains of two teens, 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton and 18-year-old student Dinah McNicol, who went missing in 1991 were later found in 2007 at his former home in Margate, Kent.
Both of the dismembered remains were discovered in black bin bags buried 6ft deep and covered with concrete cap and earth.
The notorious killer told neighbours he was digging a sandpit as he prepared the graves for 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton and 18-year-old Dinah McNicol in his back garden, where Abigail’s unsuspecting six-year-old now plays.
Thirteen years later the house’s current occupant has now transformed the once-horrific site for her six-year-old daughter who does not know what happened in her new play area.
Now 74, the triple killer is still alive and serving a whole life order in HMP Edinburgh though he is reportedly dying from cancer.
Tobin was convicted of murdering 23-year-old Polish student Angelika Kluk.
He had beaten, raped and stabbed her in Glasgow before concealing her in an underground chamber beneath the floor of a church. Forensics suggested she was still alive at the time.
The conviction gave light to new evidence giving police cause to start searching his former homes including the house in Margate, Kent, where Tobin moved in 1991 following a house swap from his native Scotland.
Forensics spent days meticulously searching the property as television camera crews lined the street and neighbours stood on their doorsteps as morbid curiosity swept the community.
On November 14, police found the remains of 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton, who had last been seen waiting for a bus in Falkirk, Scotland, in February 1991, just weeks before Tobin moved into the property.
Two days later police discovered the remains of 18-year-old Dinah McNicol, who vanished while hitchhiking home from a music festival in Hampshire in August 1991.
Courts were later told how Tobin murdered Dinah five months after arriving at the property.
While Dinah’s father had called on Thanet council to bulldoze the house and build a memorial garden, there were difficulties with it being mid-terrace and the need for housing in the area and so they decided to refurbish it.
Ms Dengate, as a lover of crime documentaries, had long followed the Tobin case.
But despite its history, she was living in a cramped flat around the corner and put in a bid to move into the home.
She said she was worried she would not get it after being on the housing waiting list for four years, she was pleased and surprised when she was told it her was hers.
Eleven years later, the Tobin house is still infamous for its dark past but it is now her home with her dad and three children Craig, 21, Kyra, 17, and six-year-old Lottie. She has recently done up the garden to put up a new deck, pergoda, and colourful plant pots.
She said: “The need for space outweighed everything else, we had no room in the last place.
“This is our home now.
“We didn’t have any room in the last place, we were sharing bedrooms – my son was in with my dad and my daughter in with me – and so it was a relief to finally have some space.
“Even though people might have thought it strange that we wanted to live here, to us we didn’t care about what had happened in the past – it’s a house.
“I don’t mean that we don’t care what happened to the girls, that was horrible, but I mean it didn’t bother us living here.”
Ms Dengate said she can understand the curiosity of people on her experiences of living in the house.
She said: “My youngest doesn’t know what happened here but my other children do and they’re fine with it, they like living here.
“People up the school know where we live and I get asked if there are any ghosts.
“I stand by my kitchen window when I smoke (which looks out of the front of the house) and I see people go past, slowing down, pointing out ‘that’s the Tobin house’ probably thinking ‘wow, someone’s actually living there’.”
She added: “We’ve been here years, but I’ve only just got around to doing the garden and I’m pleased with it,” Miss Dengate said.
“When we moved in the house had already been decorated and so we were able to just move all our furniture in and make it ours.
“We moved here when I just had my two eldest and so I’ve had another child while we’ve been living here, so it really is a family home.”