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Alesha MacPhail murder: Judge lifts ban on naming killer Aaron Campbell

The identity of the teenage boy who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been revealed. The judge who presided over the schoolgirl’s murder trial has lifted a ban on naming 16-year-old Aaron Campbell. Media outlets, including the BBC, made a case for reversing the court order which protects his identity. Campbell, who abducted, raped and murdered Alesha, could not be named any reports because he is under 18. He is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of killing Alesha, who went missing while on a visit to her grandparents…

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Alesha MacPhail: The teenage killer caught by his mother’s CCTV

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tributes left outside Alesha’s grandparents’ home on Ardbeg Road, Rothesay “I’ve found the wee girl…. she’s dead.” Jorge Williams’ voice trembled as he broke the devastating news to a 999 call handler. Less than half an hour had passed since he had answered a Facebook appeal to trace a missing six-year-old. It was one of the warmest summers on record and dozens of residents on the tranquil Isle of Bute took to the shoreline and streets. But the search ended abruptly at 08:54 when…

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Alesha MacPhail murder: Boy, 16, found guilty

Image caption Alesha MacPhail had been on a holiday on the Isle of Bute A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her naked body was found on the Isle of Bute after she was reported missing on the morning of 2 July last year. Alesha had suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. The teenager – who cannot be named because he is under 18 – was found guilty after a nine-day…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: Accused told ‘a pack of lies’

Image caption Alesha MacPhail was holidaying on the Isle of Bute where her body was found The 16-year-old boy accused of killing Alesha MacPhail told a “pack of lies”, jurors have heard. Prosecutor Iain McSporran QC said there was a “mountain of evidence” against the boy, who denies abducting, raping and murdering Alesha last July on the Isle of Bute. In his closing speech at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr McSporran urged the jury to find the teenager guilty. The accused’s QC, Brian McConnachie, said the boy should be…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: DNA found on body ‘matched accused’

DNA was found on Alesha MacPhail’s body which matched the 16-year-old accused of her murder, a court has heard. Forensic scientist Stuart Bailey told the jury that the odds of the intimate samples belonging to anyone else were more than a billion to one. The teenager denies abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha. Her body was discovered in a wooded area on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year. The High Court in Glasgow previously heard Alesha suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: Jury told of DNA Google search

An internet search for “How do police find DNA” was allegedly made on a phone said to belong to the 16-year-old accused of murdering Alesha MacPhail. A cybercrime expert told jurors the request was made on Google at 00:32 on 3 July last year, the day after the child’s body was discovered. He said the phone was then used to access a How Stuff Works article entitled: “Collecting DNA evidence”. The accused denies abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha. The evidence came from cybercrime team leader Peter Benson. It was…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: ‘Evidence’ dumped in skip

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alesha was found dead in woodland on 2 July last year A boy’s hooded top was discarded in a skip despite being recovered on a shoreline days after the body of Alesha MacPhail was found. A murder trial heard that a dog walker contacted police on 6 July last year after spotting the youth XL garment on the Isle of Bute. It was put in an evidence bag then dumped in a skip behind Rothesay Police Station by a police sergeant. A 16-year-old denies abducting,…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial hears of six-year-old’s injuries

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Alesha’s body was found in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year A pathologist has told the Alesha MacPhail murder trial that the six-year-old died after significant pressure was applied to her face and neck. John Williams also told the court that Alesha had 117 injuries, although some could have been caused by vegetation. He agreed that some injuries were consistent with smothering. A 16-year old boy denies abducting, raping and murdering the schoolgirl on the Isle of Bute. He cannot…

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Alesha MacPhail: Woman denies killing six-year-old schoolgirl

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The body of Alesha MacPhail was discovered in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year A woman named by a murder accused as the person who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has denied being involved in her death. Toni McLachlan was giving evidence during the trial of a 16-year-old boy, who denies abducting, raping and murdering Alesha last July. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, has claimed it was Ms McLachlan who killed Alesha. Ms McLachlan told the…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial shown pictures of crime scene

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The body of Alesha MacPhail was discovered in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year Jurors in the Alesha MacPhail murder trial have been shown pictures of the crime scene. The prosecutor also issued a warning before showing the deceased with a pile of clothing next to her. The images also showed the wooded area on the Isle of Bute where the six-year-old was found. A 16-year-old boy – who cannot be named because of his age – denies abducting, raping…

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