New Kings Six
Guest lecture led by Tom Wood, Former Depute Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, and commander of the cold case review into the World's End Murders.
In October 1977, two young women were brutally murdered following a night out in the World's End pub in Edinburgh. What followed was to become one of Britain's longest running and high profile murder investigations. Police took over 13,000 statements and identified 500 possible suspects but no one was charged with the murders and the trail went cold.
Some twenty years after the murders, a cold case review was established under the command of Tom Wood, Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police. As a result of advances in DNA technology and investigative techniques, suspicion focused on Angus Robertson Sinclair, a serial rapist who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of a 17 year old in Glasgow in 1978. In 2007, Sinclair stood trial at the High Court in Edinburgh but was acquitted when the judge upheld a submission of no case to answer.
Following Sinclair's acquittal, The Scottish Government passed the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 which ended the centuries old double jeopardy rule. Further advances in forensic science enabled Sinclair to be re-prosecuted in 2014. Following trial, he was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum terms of 37 years, the longest sentence in Scottish legal history.
In his lecture, Tom Wood will recount the extraordinary commitment of the police and forensic investigators which ultimately led to the conviction of Angus Robertson Sinclair who is widely believed to be one of Scotland's most notorious serial killers.