The husband of a woman knocked unconscious in a dumbbell attack in Dundee’s Templeton Woods has hit out at authorities after a convicted killer tried to murder his wife.
Law murderer Robbie McIntosh today admitted brutally attacking Linda McDonald on Monday August 7 and only stopped when he was disturbed by other dog walkers.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today, McIntosh, 31, admitted attacking the 52-year-old mother of two who suffered permanent disfigurement and will be impaired for life, the court heard.
After the hearing, Linda’s husband Matthew issued a statement saying their family had been put through “hell”.
It read: “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.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank family and friends, Police Scotland and NHS Tayside for their support. Now as a family we need time to heal and move forward.”
The Tele revealed in August 2016 that McIntosh was being allowed to leave jail on job placements – despite public concerns.
McIntosh assaulted Ms McDonald by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a dumbbell whereby she was rendered unconscious, seized her by the body and dragged her from a path, all to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment and to the danger of her life and attempted to murder her.
Deferring sentence for reports, Lord Arthurson told McIntosh: “This is one of the worst cases of violence I have ever had to deal with.”
A second charge of attempting to hide his guilt by washing his blood-stained clothes, which was on the original petition he appeared on, was dropped by the crown.
He will be sentenced on November 29 at Edinburgh High Court.