Sex offender to be questioned over death of Polish student

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Detectives hunting the killer of a 23-year-old Polish student whose body was found hidden inside a Glasgow church are to question a man in London.

Peter Tobin, a convicted sex offender, was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers on Saturday on a matter unrelated to the suspicious death of Angelika Kluk. She disappeared a week ago, and was last seen with the 60-year-old.

Mr Tobin was the handyman at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the Anderston area of Glasgow, where the language student had been staying.

Although detectives had spoken to Mr Tobin the day after Ms Kluk vanished, he provided a false name, address and date of birth. By the time officers from Strathclyde Police discovered his real identity and that he was the last person to be seen with Ms Kluk, the odd-job man had disappeared.

Despite a public appeal for help in locating Mr Tobin he was not traced until Saturday when he was arrestedin London on an outstanding warrant under Section 84 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Mr Tobin was being monitored by parole officials and should have informed them of any change of address. However, about two years ago he moved to Paisley and began living under a false name.

About two months ago he became involved with St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church through a local homeless group called Loaves And Fishes. He gave his name as Pat McLaughlin and claimed to have been living in a derelict building in the centre of Glasgow.

He befriended Ms Kluk, who had been living at the chapel since July. This was the second year the language studies student had stayed in Glasgow, where her sister Aneta, 28, works as a secretary.

Ms Kluk was working to pay her way through university in Gdansk. Her body was discovered hidden in the church on Friday. Police were yesterday awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination.