Police have welcomed the conviction of a man who attempted to murder a Dundee dog walker in a city woodland just five days after his release from prison.
McIntosh, who received a life sentence in 2002 for the brutal murder of Anne Nicoll – committed when he was just 15 – will likely spend the rest of his life in jail after today admitting brutally assaulting brave Linda McDonald in Templeton Woods in August.
Mrs McDonald fended off “expressionless” McIntosh, who attacked her from behind, on August 7, striking her over the head repeatedly with a dumbell he kept in the bedroom of his mother’s house.
Following his conviction on Wednesday morning Detective Inspector Tom Leonard said: “This was a traumatic and thankfully rare incident and I would like to pay tribute to and thank Linda MacDonald for her strength and support throughout this investigation.
“The assault was a terrifying ordeal for both Linda and her family.
“I would also like to thank the members of the public who, without hesitation, came to the assistance of Linda during the incident.
“Thanks to information obtained from the public at the scene, officers quickly identified a man matching the description of the suspect and therefore led to a swift arrest being made.
“We welcome the conviction today and Robbie McIntosh must now face the consequences of his terrible actions.”
McIntosh, of Rowanplace, Bridgefoot, pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Linda McDonald on August 7 at Templeton Woods. He also pleaded guilty to trying to destroy evidence of his crime by washing the clothes he was wearing when he carried out his assault.
Lord Arthurstone deferred sentence until November 29 at Glasgow High Court.