Sen­tenc­ing of dumb­bell at­tempted mur­derer McIn­tosh de­layed.

COURT: Killer faces life­time su­per­vi­sion af­ter judge voices con­cern for pub­lic safety fol­low­ing Tem­ple­ton Woods at­tack

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMIE MIL­LI­GAN jmil­li­gan@the­courier.co.uk

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.

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