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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 11:28 GMT
Tourist attacker's case deferred
Colin Ross
Colin Ross was due to be sentenced
A judge has given more time for a 34-year-old man who pleaded guilty to trying to murder an American tourist near Inverness to be assessed.

Colin Ross used a metal pipe and a rock to attack schoolteacher Marty Layman-Mendonca, 57, on 5 July.

Lord Wheatley deferred sentence and adjourned the case to the High Court in Edinburgh on 19 December.

Ross's defence said a risk assessor and a clinical psychologist needed more time to complete their reports.

The Crown made no objection.

Lord Wheatley told Ross, who appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh flanked by two guards: "The reports which are asked for require a considerable period of time to prepare.

"In this circumstance it is necessary to defer sentence."

Last month, the High Court in Glasgow heard the schoolteacher from Vermont was attacked on her third visit to Scotland.

'Became enraged'

The court heard how Ross, of Waterloo Place, Inverness, had set a trap for a female victim on the Great Glen Way.

Ms Layman-Mendonca was on her way back into the city when she was attacked.

Ross admitted attempting to murder his victim by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a metal pipe and a boulder.

He also admitted carrying her into a wood, dumping her and stealing her possessions before tying her wrists together with shoelaces.

Ms Layman-Mendonca, who was receiving treatment at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, has returned to the US.

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