The Dundee grandmother who survived a vicious attack by convicted murderer Robbie McIntosh said such killers should not be given home leave.
Linda McDonald, 53, was walking her dog in Templeton Woods when McIntosh attacked her with a dumb-bell.
He had been out of prison on home leave for only five days when he attempted to kill her.
McIntosh, 32, had been jailed for life in 2002 after murdering Anne Nicoll on Dundee Law the previous year.
A report by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) Group into how McIntosh was monitored while on home leave during that sentence is currently being prepared.
It is understood it will say the attack on Mrs McDonald could have been prevented.
She said: “This can’t be allowed to happen to anybody else — that’s what I’m really passionate about.
“They have to learn lessons from this and I’m sure there will be lessons learned, otherwise there wouldn’t this inquiry.”
A source quoted in the Daily Mail suggested the report will say McIntosh was not properly supervised while on home leave.
They said: “In particular, there will be criticism of the way McIntosh was monitored – basically he wasn’t. He was left to his own devices.”
Mrs McDonald said she believes McIntosh, who she has described as “the devil in the woods“, should not have been considered as suitable for home leave.
She said: “They should’t let out people like him. Unfortunately, it’s not like America where people just don’t get out.
“I heard a rumour that Anne Nicoll’s family were told he wouldn’t be getting out, but he did.”
She added: “This has had a huge impact on my family and friends.”
But brave Mrs McDonald said she refused to let McIntosh’s monstrous actions ruin her life.
Mrs McDonald: “You have to control it, not let it control you.
“I am back working. You get busy dying or get busy living – I’m getting busy living.”
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Mrs McDonald’s skull was fractured in two places by McIntosh during his frenzied attack.
She was saved when dog walkers Charles and Peter Connor ran to her aid after hearing her screams.
McIntosh fled the scene and returned to his mother’s flat in Bridgefoot on the outskirts of Dundee. Police arrested him minutes later.
McIntosh pled guilty to attempted murder when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh in October last year.
In February, he appeared at the High Court in Aberdeen for sentencing where judge Lord Arthurson jailed him for an “indeterminate” period of time.
He must serve at least five years before he can be considered for parole but is subject to a lifelong restriction order, which means he may never be released.
Mrs McDonald’s husband Matthew said: “The attack really had a horrific impact on our lives – my wife thought she was going to die.
“We are now looking at moving house because we’re too close to the area where the attack happened.
“Until something like this happens you don’t think about the effect of ‘soft-touch justice’. Now we’re living through the consequences.”
He added: “We hope this report can bring about change – either don’t release people like this, with a history of violence, of if you do then make sure they are properly monitored.”
An Angus Council spokesman, on behalf of the MAPPA group, said: “A Significant Case Review is currently being carried out which will consider the circumstances of McIntosh’s offence with a view to identifying and learning any necessary improvements to public protection arrangements.”