A sex worker’s client who savagely attacked the woman with a claw hammer leaving her pleading for her life was jailed for five years yesterday.
Stuart Marley had earlier agreed to pay the 30-year-old woman £80 for sexual acts before returning hours later promising her “a surprise” then launching the brutal assault and robbing her of cash.
During the attack the shocked and frightened victim begged him to stop and urged him not to kill her as she had a child, who was in the flat.
Marley, 23, threatened to return and kill her if she told anyone what had happened to her, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.
A judge told him: “Your horrific attack on this woman had the obvious potential to endanger her life.”
Lady Wise told Marley, had moved from Elgin, in Moray, to Aberdeen, to take a music course, that he would have been jailed for seven-and-a-half years but for his early guilty plea to the offence.
Marley earlier admitted assaulting the woman on May 6 this year at a flat in Aberdeen by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a hammer to her severe injury and the danger of her life and robbing her of a purse and money.
The court heard that unemployed Marley, from Aberdeen, but who is currently a prisoner in HMP Grampian, has previous convictions for violence which resulted in two years detention for robbery in 2012 and a 137 day restriction of liberty order in 2015 for serious assault.
Advocate depute Alan Cameron told the court that his latest victim had placed an online advert for escort and massage services on May 5.