Killer slit vic­tim’s voice box to stop her scream­ing for help

Sunday Herald - - 29.10.17 CRIME -

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.

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