A dogwalker who was bludgeoned with a dumb-bell by a convicted assassin in a random assault has stated she blames a scarcity of police checks, and never him.
Linda McDonald was brutally attacked by Robbie McIntosh whereas she walked in woods close to her house in Dundee, Scotland, in August 2017.
The grandmother, who was a whole stranger to him, pleaded for mercy, however McIntosh would solely cease when her screams alerted two passers-by who got here to assist.
It would later be revealed that McIntosh, who’s now 36, had been serving a life sentence for stabbing a lady to loss of life when he was 15, and had been on depart from jail forward of a parole listening to on the time of the second assault.
He was given a 5 yr sentence for the assault on Mrs McDonald, however has now been granted an automated parole listening to.
That’s regardless of being given an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) by the court docket, which implies he could by no means be launched from jail.
Mrs McDonald, pictured right here along with her Jack Russell terrier Betsy, had her pleas for mercy ignored by the McIntosh in the course of the assault
Robbie McIntosh, pictured right here arriving at court docket in 2017, had been on house depart forward of a parole listening to when he attacked Mrs McDonald
Mrs McDonald, pictured right here in hospital after the assault, stated she had ‘performed useless’ in the course of the assault
As the five-year anniversary of the assault comes up this weekend, Ms McDonald has stated she has forgiven the assassin, who a choose stated displayed psychopathic tendencies.
Speaking to the BBC, she stated: ‘I forgive him, I do not even really feel indignant at him. I do know a few of my household and mates really feel totally different.
‘I really feel indignant on the programs that fail to maintain the general public secure.’
Instead, she says she blames the checks that noticed him launched on house depart forward of a parole listening to in 2017, after spending 16 years in jail for the homicide of Anne Nicoll in Dundee.
He had solely been out of jail for quite a few days earlier than he senselessly assaulted Mrs McDonald within the unprovoked assault.
Mrs McDonald, who’s now 57, is looking for stricter checks on individuals convicted of violent offences earlier than they’re launched.
‘If you are actually wanting Scotland secure and also you’re wanting your insurance policies and your programs to work, take heed to the individuals who’ve survived once they do not work,’ she stated.
The convicted assassin spent 16 years behind bars earlier than being launched and finishing up the second assault. Pictured: McIntosh being led away from Forfar Sheriff Court after being discovered responsible of Ms Nicoll’s homicide in 2002.
Linda McDonald (pictured) was virtually murdered in a random assault whereas she walked her canine in woods close to her house in Dundee in August 2017
She has since known as for extra stringent checks on violent offenders earlier than they are often launched from jail. Pictured: Mrs McDonald and her husband Matthew leaving Edinburgh High Court in 2017
She additionally hit out on the Scottish Prison Service for refusing three requests to let her see its report on the assault, with the explanation given for denying the request as information safety considerations.
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman advised the BBC: ‘As we’ve got beforehand made clear, we’re profoundly sorry for what occurred to Mrs McDonald.
‘We are totally conscious of the life-changing penalties, for her and her household, on account of this dreadful act.
‘We have engaged with Mrs McDonald and can proceed to take action.’
When taken to court docket, a choose was proven CCTV of McIntosh calmly strolling to the scene of the ugly assault, earlier than casually strolling again together with his fingers in his pockets a number of hours later.
Soon after the police arrived at his house and led him away in handcuffs.
Robbie McIntosh (pictured) had been serving a life sentence for homicide and had solely been out of jail for quite a few days when he attacked Mrs McDonald
Speaking after the sentencing, Mrs McDonald’s husband, Matthew, stated: ‘Given his previous conviction for a brutal homicide I can not imagine the Scottish Prison Service deemed that this sick particular person, who tried to homicide my spouse, was allowed to be within the public area.
‘The undeniable fact that they did raises severe questions concerning the standards adopted by the suitable authorities and if there had been strict monitoring, supervision and tagging in place we would not be going by means of this hell.
‘To guarantee no different household has to endure what we’re experiencing the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board ought to, as a precedence, study their launch standards and evaluation programs. That is the least we might count on.’
The court docket heard he marched previous his sufferer within the woods earlier than turning again to assault her.
McIntosh had been given a life sentence for stabbing Anne Nicoll to loss of life as she walked her father’s canine in a park in Dundee in 2001.
Advocate Depute Iain McSporran QC stated: ‘He was expressionless as he handed her. After a number of extra steps his footsteps stopped and he ran as much as her at velocity.
‘She turned to face him and noticed him together with his hand excessive above his head holding a metallic object which has since been recognized as a dumbbell.
‘This was being introduced down in direction of Mrs McDonald’s head. She raised her fingers to cowl her face and he introduced the dumbbell down on her head.
‘She described him as expressionless and he continued to strike her on the top and physique. She was sure she was going to be murdered.’
Dog walkers Peter and Charles Connor, who had seen Mrs McDonald earlier, heard her screams and rushed to her help.
They noticed McIntosh crouched over one thing on the bottom with a ‘vacant’ expression on his face earlier than he ran off.
They dialled 999 and stayed with Mrs McDonald till emergency companies arrived.
She suffered two cranium fractures and 5 head wounds within the assault and her thumb was damaged in a number of locations as she tried to defend herself.
Solicitor Advocate Chris Fyffe, defending McIntosh, stated his consumer felt ‘ashamed, contrite and penitent’ about his actions.
Judge Lord Arthurson described the tried homicide as ‘one of many worst instances of violence I’ve needed to take care of’.