Vic­tim speaks: Au­thor­i­ties ac­cused of not know­ing killer’s where­abouts.

CRIME: Vic­tim ac­cuses au­thor­i­ties of ‘gam­bling with my life’ after be­ing blud­geoned with a dumb­bell in woods

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

Ba­si­cally, I be­lieve he was al­lowed the free­dom to plan his at­tack. LINDA MC­DON­ALD

A woman blud­geoned by a con­victed killer has ac­cused lo­cal au­thor­i­ties of “gam­bling with her life” and fail­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for her at­tacker dur­ing his day re­lease.

Linda Mc­Don­ald, who was bat­tered with a dumb­bell by Rob­bie McIn­tosh in Tem­ple­ton Woods, said she be­lieves au­thor­i­ties in Dundee had no idea the con­victed killer was on home leave, de­spite be­ing just 200 yards from the city bound­ary.

The case was dis­cussed at a Dundee City Coun­cil meet­ing this week, when Labour leader Kevin Keenan said he be­lieved McIn­tosh had been al­lowed to slip through the net be­tween the au­thor­i­ties in An­gus and Dundee.

Mr Keenan told the com­mu­nity safety and pub­lic pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee: “It seems to me that McIn­tosh’s re­lease was dealt with by an­other lo­cal au­thor­ity which he was re­leased to but he was only 200 yards from the city bound­ary.

“Po­ten­tially some­thing has been missed where some­one is be­ing mon­i­tored in one lo­cal au­thor­ity bor­der­ing an­other.

“We’ve got a duty to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of Dundee and if there are any les­sons to be learned, we need to learn them.”

Linda said yes­ter­day that she be­lieved a break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween An­gus and Dundee lo­cal au­thor­i­ties al­lowed McIn­tosh the op­por­tu­nity to plan his at­tack.

“The au­thor­i­ties gam­bled with my life and I’m still wait­ing for an apol­ogy,” she said.

“I have been privy to some meet­ings dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant case re­view (SCR) which have led me to be­lieve that the Dundee au­thor­i­ties had no idea that McIn­tosh was be­ing re­leased.

“I do not be­lieve the au­thor­i­ties in Dundee were told and I also be­lieve there was never any full or ap­pro­pri­ate mon­i­tor­ing or su­per­vi­sion of McIn­tosh,” she added.

“Ba­si­cally, I be­lieve he was al­lowed the free­dom to plan his at­tack.

“He grew con­fi­dent dur­ing pre­vi­ous home leaves that no one was go­ing to be check­ing on him or mon­i­tor­ing him. That gave him all the time he needed to plan.

“I ac­cept that no one could have pre­dicted what he did to me that day but they should have had a pretty good idea that some­thing was go­ing to hap­pen.

“They took a gam­ble and al­lowed him unchecked free­dom.”

McIn­tosh, 32, was jailed for life with a min­i­mum of 15 years in 2002 for the mur­der of dog walker Anne Ni­coll on the Law.

In 2017 he was al­lowed out on home leave and he at­tempted to mur­der Linda as she walked her dog Betsy in Tem­ple­ton Woods.

Fol­low­ing his at­tack he fled to his mother’s house in Bridge­foot on the out­skirts of Dundee, but in the An­gus Coun­cil area.

He was later jailed for five years for the at­tack.

Linda said: “It didn’t have to be me – I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but it was go­ing to be some­one.”

She added: “I want an apol­ogy for my hus­band Matt and my fam­ily.

“It’s a very small word but I want to hear the word sorry for what my fam­ily went through.”

Linda said that she was still hop­ing the sig­nif­i­cant case re­view into the at­tack would be pub­lished soon.

“I have been told it should be ready for pub­li­ca­tion very soon and I am anx­iously wait­ing for that day,” she said.

At Mon­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing, so­cial work ser­vice man­ager Glyn Lloyd said: “It is too early to say when the SCR will be com­pleted.

“I can give an as­sur­ance that where rec­om­men­da­tions have been agreed we will take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to re­duce risk in fu­ture.”

Linda Mc­Don­ald – who was at­tacked by Rob­bie McIn­tosh – with her hus­band Matt and dog Betsy.

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