A dangerous sexual predator who searched online for “how to kill a woman” and then pounced on a lonely woman has been sentenced to life in prison.
Brandon Bloice attempted to murder the stranger after stabbing her in the back in the early hours of September 21, 2019.
The 23-year-old had also planned to rape the victim before fleeing the scene when she screamed for help.
It struck in Carpenter Street, Perth, just minutes after he was loitering after another woman, who fortunately managed to escape.
Bloice, a convicted sex offender who was once told to alert social workers if he ever entered into a relationship, was sentenced today at Glasgow High Court.
Judge Gillian Wade QC has imposed a life restraining order and he must serve at least four years behind bars.
He has become one of the youngest offenders in Scotland to be hit with an OLR.
Bloice pleaded guilty last June to attempting to murder the woman with the intent to rape her, as well as threatening and abusive behavior toward the other.
The judge warned Bloice that there is a chance he may never be released.
She said: “You tried to murder a woman who was a complete stranger to you.
“The court heard a chilling and disturbing account of his predatory behavior towards other unidentified women in the hours leading up to this attack.
“This was an abominable and premeditated assault.
“These events occurred in a context of established sexual crimes and strict monitoring, but you did not comply with the measures established to protect the public.”
“The (four-year minimum) does not mean that he will be released at that stage or perhaps ever will be.”
The murder bid victim had gone to her local Asda store in Perth at around 12:40am that night.
She walked alone and without realizing that there was someone near her.
But, prosecutor Shanti Maguire told the hearing: “As she reached an alley near a designer store, she felt a sharp pain in her back.
“She screamed and turned around. She saw Bloice in front of her.
“He started yelling ‘help police’ over and over again.
“Bloice ran off in the direction of the Perth concert hall.”
Several bystanders rushed to help the bleeding victim.
She was treated at the hospital for a stab wound to her back.
Bloice was tracked down to a shelter in the city the next day.
He initially told police, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Agents, who also found clothing that matched the attacker’s, examined phones and a tablet found in his bedroom.
Miss Maguire: “During the analysis, it was established that he had used the search terms: ‘how to kill a woman by stabbing’ and ‘can a dead woman get pregnant’?”
The attorney’s deputy added that Bloice has now accepted that the assault was carried out with the intent to rape the terrified victim.
She told the court: “Although he did not intend to kill her, he was wickedly reckless as to whether she lived or died as a result of the stab wound.”
After an initial appeal from police to catch Bloice, another woman came forward to report how he had tracked her down five minutes before the murder offer.
She had felt “uncomfortable” after timing it on Perth’s High Street and asked her friends to join her in collecting her bike.
The woman finally said she was “fine” and started walking on her own.
However, she then again realized that Bloice had regained “significant ground” behind her.
She started running and immediately called her boyfriend.
Miss Maguire: “Because of Bloice’s actions, the woman was frightened and stayed on the phone until he got home.”
Ronnie Renucci, defending, called the background reports on Bloice “somewhat depressing reading.”
QC added: “It will be entirely up to him whether he engages with the authorities to try and improve his situation.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.