Sentencing of dumbbell attempted murderer McIntosh delayed.
COURT: Killer faces lifetime supervision after judge voices concern for public safety following Templeton Woods attack
The sentencing of “Law Killer” Robbie McIntosh for the attempted murder of a Dundee grandmother has been delayed until next year.
He had been due to learn his fate yesterday morning after admitting trying to kill Linda McDonald in August.
The attack in Templeton Woods saw dog walker Mrs McDonald suffer a fractured skull after McIntosh struck her with a dumbbell.
McIntosh was convicted in October. The crime occurred just five days after he was released from prison for the 2001 murder of Dundee woman Anne Nicoll.
He was on home leave being considered for parole.
The procurator fiscal has submitted a request for McIntosh to be subject to a lifelong restriction order, meaning he will be supervised until his death.
The submission means McIntosh will not be sentenced until a hearing on February 22.
Yesterday Judge Lord Arthurson said he had “grave concerns about the level of risk presented” by McIntosh.
McIntosh was just 15 when he murdered Anne Nicoll on the Law in a case which shocked the nation.
In a sick twist of fate, McIntosh’s release date from Castle Huntly open prison, August 2 2017, coincided with the anniversary of Ms Nicoll’s murder.
Five days later he attacked Mrs McDonald, battering her with a weight taken from his mother’s house.
The High Court in Edinburgh was told Mrs McDonald was walking her dog through Templeton Woods when she noticed an “expressionless” McIntosh coming towards her “at pace”, carrying a rucksack.
She smiled as he passed but he stopped, ran back and attacked, leaving her with multiple skull fractures and a broken thumb.
Her screams were heard by fellow dog walkers and McIntosh fled as they ran to her aid.
McIntosh pled guilty to attempted murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mrs McDonald’s husband, Matthew, has since blasted the Scottish Prison Service for allowing McIntosh to leave prison.
He said: “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 Parole Board and Scottish Prison Service both said they do not discuss individual cases.
Law killer Robbie McIntosh must wait until February to learn his sentence for his attack on dog walker Linda McDonald.