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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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Small Heath murder probe after boy, 16, stabbed to death

Image copyright Google Image caption The 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Sara Park, Small Heath A murder investigation is under way after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a park. The boy was found with stab wounds in Sara Park in Small Heath, Birmingham at about 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene. Another boy, 15, suffered minor injuries during an assault, West Midlands Police said. A cordon has been put in place at the park but no arrests have been made. The…

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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 murder trial: Accused says he did not kill the six-year-old

Image caption Alesha MacPhail was holidaying on the Isle of Bute where her body was found The 16-year-old accused of murdering Alesha MacPhail has told a jury he did not kill the child. The teenager also denied abducting and raping the six-year-old, who had been holidaying on the Isle of Bute. The boy, who cannot be named because he is under 18, told the High Court trial: “I have never met Alesha MacPhail.” The body of the schoolgirl, who died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck,…

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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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Stephen Lawrence: How has his murder changed policing?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The murder of Stephen Lawrence led to a wide range of changes to policing Twenty years ago, an inquiry into the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence led to widespread changes of police procedures and their attitudes towards race. But how much has changed? One of the first acts of the Labour government in 1997 was to announce a public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The black teenager had been stabbed to death in a racist attack in south-east London four years earlier.…

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Murder victim Breck Bednar’s family ‘taunted online’

Image copyright Essex Police Image caption Breck Bednar met his killer online before travelling to to meet him The family of a teenage boy who was murdered in 2014 by a man he met through a gaming website have said his killer is taunting them from prison. Lewis Daynes lured Breck Bednar, 14, from Caterham, Surrey, to his flat in Grays, Essex, and stabbed him to death. Daynes is serving a life sentence, but Breck’s sister Chloe, from Kent, said the killer had sent her disturbing messages on Snapchat. Kent…

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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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Jeanette Kempton 1989 murder: Police hope for new leads

Image copyright Crimewatch Image caption Jeanette Kempton’s body was found in rural Suffolk on 18 February 1989 Cold case detectives hope a review of an unsolved 1989 murder could help explain why a woman was killed and then dumped 118 miles (190km) from her home. Jeanette Kempton, 32, went missing from Brixton in south London, where she lived with her ex-husband and their two teenage sons, on 2 February 1989. Her partially decomposed body was found in a ditch at Wangford, near Southwold in Suffolk, just over two weeks later.…

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Park Lane doorman stabbing: Murder charge for fourth man

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Tudor Simionov was photographed working as a security guard hours before he was attacked A fourth man has been charged with murdering a doorman who was guarding a party on New Year’s Day. Security guard Tudor Simionov, 33, was attacked outside Fountain House at about 05:30 GMT on 1 January. Nor Aden Hamada, 23, of no fixed address, was arrested on Sunday at Gatwick Airport as he returned to the UK, the Metropolitan Police said. He has been charged with murder and will appear…

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