A MURDER bid accused Greenock woman has appeared in court charged with trying to kill another female with a machete.

Caroline McIntosh, 40, is said to have carried out the alleged attack after turning up at a third-floor flat on Kelly Street.

Prosecutors say she repeatedly struck the woman on her head and body with a machete or similar implement on Monday.

McIntosh thereafter forced entry to the property and again repeatedly struck the female on the head and body with the weapon, it is alleged.

The charge against her claims that she then seized the woman by her hair, dragged her into the common close and inflicted further multiple blade strikes to her head.

It is alleged that McIntosh caused 'severe injury, permanent disfigurement and did attempt to murder her'.

The Telegraph told on Tuesday how detectives were investigating an attack which left a 20-year-old woman needing major surgery.

A witness appeal was issued after police were called to a serious incident on Kelly Street at around 4pm on Monday afternoon.

Officers said they were looking for a woman who was described as wearing a long black hooded jacket.

Police say the victim sustained significant wounds to her head and her hands after being seriously assaulted with an edged weapon before her attacker ran off from Kelly Street.

It's believed the injured woman will require extensive surgery.

Accused McIntosh, of Nelson Street, appeared from custody at Greenock Sheriff Court on the attempted murder charge and made no plea through her lawyer Gerry Keenan.

Sheriff Michael Higgins continued the case for further examination and remanded her in custody.

The matter is due to call again next week.