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Convicted killer tried to murder woman in Templeton Woods

Robbie McIntosh battered Linda McDonald with a dumbbell, five days after home leave.

A convicted knife killer tried to murder a woman with a dumbbell in woodland just five days after being released from jail on home leave.

Robbie McIntosh battered Linda McDonald with a dumbbell and dragged her into Templeton Woods, Dundee, on August 7.

The 31-year-old repeatedly struck her on the head and body, rendering her unconscious.

McIntosh, of Strathmartine, Angus, then seized her by the body and dragged her from a path.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, McIntosh pleaded guilty to trying to murder Ms McDonald. He will be sentenced next month.

A judge told McIntosh: "This is one of the worst cases of violence I have had to deal with."

Attack: Police cordoned off the woods.
Attack: Police cordoned off the woods. STV

Following the court hearing, the victim's husband Matthew McDonald 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 wouldn't be going through this hell.

"To ensure no other family has to endure what we are experiencing the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board should, as a priority, examine their release criteria and assessment systems. That is the least we would expect."

Murder: Stabbed a woman with a knife in 2001.
Murder: Stabbed a woman with a knife in 2001. STV

The attack came shortly after the former Harris Academy pupil, who stabbed civil servant Anne Nicoll 29 times when he was 15, was released from prison on home leave.

He was found guilty of murdering the 34-year-old by stabbing her with a knife or similar instrument and stamping on her face on the Law in Dundee in 2001.

Detective inspector Tom Leonard said: "This was an unprovoked, sustained attack and very severe in nature which led to life-changing injuries for Linda.

"The severity of the attack is reflected in the charge of attempted murder.

"It has obviously been a very traumatic ordeal for Linda.

"The psychological and physical effects will take some time to recover from."

Tom Leonard: Says victim will take a long time to recover.
Tom Leonard: Says victim will take a long time to recover. STV

Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr added: "If ever there were a case outlining the need for whole life sentences, this is it.

"This is an individual who killed a woman without remorse but was set free 15 years later.

"If he had been jailed for life - no ifs, no buts - he would not have been in a position to carry out this subsequent attack.

"The Scottish Government has to review this as a matter of urgency."

A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said the organisation refuses to comment on individual cases.

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