Convicted Dundee murderer Robbie McIntosh has arrived at the High Court in Aberdeen to be sentenced for his latest appalling crime.
McIntosh, who killed Anne Nicoll in 2002, will today learn his fate for the brutal attempted murder of Linda McDonald two days into a week-long release from Castle Huntly in August of last year.
McIntosh had been staying at his mother’s house in Bridgefoot when he attempted to kill Mrs McDonald, who was out walking her dog in Templeton Woods, in a seemingly random attack.
After McIntosh pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh in October, Mrs McDonald’s husband Matthew described the effect on the family and demanded to know why the convicted murderer had been allowed out to attack again.
He said: “On August 7 a horrific and violent attack on my wife turned our family’s life upside down.
“Given his past conviction for a brutal murder I can’t believe the Scottish Prison Service deemed that this sick individual, who attempted to murder my wife, was allowed to be in the public domain.
“The fact that they did raises serious questions about the criteria followed by the appropriate authorities and if there had been strict monitoring, supervision and tagging in place we would not be going through this hell.”