The husband of Robbie McIntosh’s attempted murder victim Linda McDonald says the family hope “life means life”.
Matthew McDonald was speaking after witnessing McIntosh being sentenced to a minimum of five years, with lifelong restrictions, for the brutal attack on his wife last year.
McIntosh, who was convicted of murdering previous victim Anne Nicoll in 2002, appeared for sentencing at the High Court in Aberdeen today.
Lord Arthurson told McIntosh if the lifelong restriction had not been applied he would be facing a sentence of 18 years.
He noted McIntosh had been described in reports as someone who displayed psychopathic behaviour and his psychiatrists and other prison professionals had been “shocked” upon learning of his attempt to kill Mrs McDonald.
He added: “You present a high risk of serious violence and psychological harm to the public and in particular towards adult females.”
Outside court, Mr McDonald said the family hoped the sentence “will hopefully mean that life means life”.
He added: “The attack on my wife changed our lives dramatically. However, we are confident that with continued support from our family and friends we will get through this.”
He said their lives had been “an emotional rollercoaster” since the attack and they “are not sure when this nightmare part will end”.
He continued: “Part of this closure will be helped by the assurances we have received by the relevant bodies who are investigating the terms of his release.
“We are hopeful that through this process we will get answers to the straightforward questions we’ve raised.
“Because make no mistake: this could have happened to anybody.”