Alesha MacPhail: Aaron Campbell, 16, named as the killer of the six-year-old on Bute

A boy who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been named as Aaron Campbell.

The 16-year-old is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of raping and murdering the youngster while she visited her grandparents on holiday.

Aaron Campbell

Judge Lord Matthews told him he had committed some of the “wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard”.

The teenager took Alesha MacPhail from the bed where she was sleeping on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year and inflicted horrific injuries before dumping her body in woodland.

Robert MacPhail

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took three hours to find the boy guilty unanimously, following a nine-day trial.The trial heard Alesha was days into her summer holiday with father Robert MacPhail, 26, and grandparents Angela King and Calum MacPhail when she was snatched from her bed by the boy, who tried to blame her father’s girlfriend Toni McLachlan, 18, for the crime.

Judge Matthews said that Alesha would, at the end of her trip, have gone home to mother Georgina Lochrane in Airdrie with tales of playing on the beach and finding things in rockpools.

Georgina Lochrane

He told Campbell: “Instead of that, you came into her life, you stole that life and committed some of the wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard.”

He warned Campbell, who will be sentenced next month, that “your release may never come”.

In a statement issued by Police Scotland, Alesha’s family said: “We can’t believe that we will never see our wee angel Alesha again. We miss her so much.

“We hope that the boy who took her from us is jailed for a long time because of what he has done to our family.

“Alesha may be gone from our lives but she will always be in our hearts.”

Campbell will be sentenced separately on March 21.

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