A MURDERER who brutally killed a woman on Dundee Law when he was a teenager is being allowed out of prison on work placements, the Tele can reveal.
Robbie McIntosh was just 15 when he stabbed civil servant Anne Nicoll, 34, a total of 29 times in a frenzied attack in 2001.
Critics slammed the news that McIntosh was being allowed to leave jail on job placements, saying it was “far too soon” for him to be out in public again.
Sentencing McIntosh in 2002, Judge Lord Bonomy told him he would be detained in custody without limit of time and ordered him to serve a minimum of 15 years for what he described as an “extremely violent” attack on Ms Nicoll.
One source told the Tele: “People should know about this — he is dangerous. A sick individual.
“It’s horrifying to think he will one day be released for good.
“It’s not right. He’s a monster. People have the right to know about this.”
Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone, who represents North East Scotland, said it was “far too soon” for McIntosh to be out in public again.
He said: “The problem with the justice system in Scotland is that it leans too heavily in favour of criminals. Cases like this highlight that.
“It’s bound to have an impact on the family of the victim.
“It’s clearly far too soon to have someone like this out in public, however important it is that we try to rehabilitate offenders.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Prison Service said “rigorous risk assessments” were carried out before prisoners can be out in public again.
She said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.
“Prior to commencement of any placement, we would undertake rigorous risk assessments, both in terms of the work being undertaken and the individual on placement.
“Work placements can help test individuals in the community prior to release.”
McIntosh blamed a friend for killing Ms Nicoll. However, he was found guilty of murdering her by stabbing her with a knife or similar instrument and stamping on her face.
Ms Nicoll, of Byron Street, Dundee, suffered wounds to the neck, face, head, back, chest, abdomen and left arm during the frenzied attack as she walked her Airedale terrier, Sophie.
Her body was later found in woodland by her partner, Gordon McKenzie.
He had gone looking for Ms Nicoll and was led to her body by Sophie.
Mr McKenzie tried to rouse his girlfriend but she was unresponsive and he called an ambulance.
But when the paramedics arrived, they said there was nothing they could do for her.
The court heard that McIntosh, a former Harris Academy pupil, had been smoking cannabis and alarmed three walkers on the Law with his odd behaviour shortly before the killing.
Following McIntosh’s conviction in 2002, it was revealed by an anonymous member of staff at Harris Academy that the youngster had been a “walking nightmare” at the school and was eventually kicked out after claims he was a bully and regularly insulted staff.