A sex worker’s client who savagely attacked the woman with a claw hammer leaving her pleading for her life was today jailed for five years.
Stuart Marley had earlier agreed to pay the 30-year-old woman £80 before returning hours later promising her “a surprise” before 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 also 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 the student that he had admitted “a very serious charge” and added: “Her young son, who was less than three years old, was present in the home.”
The judge said that having misled the victim into thinking he had a surprise for her he produced the claw hammer from behind his back and attacked her.
Lady Wise told Marley 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.
Defence counsel Leigh Lawrie said Marley had moved from Elgin to Aberdeen to take a music course and hoped to work in the industry as a session musician or studio technician.
She said: “He struggles to explain exactly what he was thinking or feeling a the time of the offence.”
She told the court that he drank about 12 cans of lager and was smoking herbal cannabis following his initial visit to the woman.
She said the daily cannabis user “feels absolute disgust and as ashamed of himself” following the crime.