Killer slit victim’s voice box to stop her screaming for help
ROBBIE McIntosh stabbed Anne Nicoll in the face, neck, head, back, chest, arms and abdomen in a brutal slaying which sliced her voice box meaning she was unable to scream for help.
The murder weapon was never found but experts believe the killer, then a 15-year-old schoolboy, used a four-inch boning knife – designed to remove cuts of meat from bones.
The victim was stabbed 29 times as she took her Airedale terrier, Sophie, for an evening walk on Dundee Law in August 2001. Nicoll’s boyfriend, Gordon McKenzie, found the dog which led him to her butchered body in thick undergrowth.
Members of the victim’s family wept in the public gallery as McIntosh was sentenced to serve a minimum of 15 years for what was described as an “extremely violent” attack. The teenager sat expressionless in the dock.
Linda McDonald was targeted by McIntosh in August this year as she walked her dog in Templeton Woods, Dundee, shortly after 1pm. She saw her attacker walk past before the sound of his footsteps stopped and he turned and ran at her with a dumbbell.
He repeatedly brought the heavy metal weight down on her skull and she could feel blood running into her eyes before she blacked out. McDonald described McIntosh as expressionless during the brutal bludgeoning and she said she feared she would be murdered. As the killer dragged the 52-year-old’s limp body into undergrowth he was disturbed by two men who had also been walking their dogs. They described seeing McIntosh crouched over McDonald with a “vacant” look on his face before he ran off.
Last week, the 31-yearold pled guilty to the attack which left McDonald with two skull fractures, a badly damaged thumb and permanent scars.