Alesha MacPhail murder: Teenager finally admits to raping and killing 6-year-old, sentenced to life
Sixteen-year-old Aaron Campbell finally admitted to abducting, raping, and murdering 6-year-old Alesha MacPhail after having flatly denied his crime for the last eight months, reports said..
Little Alesha's body was recovered from the woods on the Isle of Bute on July 2, last year, a couple of hours after she was reported missing from her house her father shared with his parents and partner on the island.
Campbell was arrested for the crime, but maintained his innocence blaming Alesha's father's girlfriend for the death. At the sentencing on Thursday, Campbell was jailed for life with a minimum term of of 27 years.
The judge Lord Matthews sentenced him to "detention without limit of time" and also slammed his "arrogance, staggering lack of remorse, and the tissue of lies he gave."
Campbell was convicted at the Glasgow High Court on February 21 after he was found guilty post a 9-day trial over Alesha's death. Campbell had till date flatly denied his role in the murder.
However at the sentencing on Thursday, his defense lawyer Brian McConnachie QC revealed that Campbell admitted to the crime in a social work report.
Alesha's mother and father — 23-year-old Georgina Lochrane and 26-year-old Robert MacPhail were seen arriving separately at court. It also came to be known that Campbell had received around £14,000 in legal aid which is 13 times the amount of £1,300 which prosecutors spent on the case. During the trial, he could not be identified given his age but judge Lord Matthews then lifted the ban on revealing his identity.
Campbell had kidnapped Alesha while she was asleep in her bed and then subjected her to sickening injuries before he dumped her body in woodland. Alesha had suffered from 117 separate injuries.
According to a pathologist's post-mortem, Alesha had died from "significant and forceful pressure to her neck and face."
16 year old Aaron Campbell jailed for 27 yrs, possibly 'life', for rape and murder of sweet little six yr old Aleshia MacPhail. At last a Judge not scared of Justice. Dear little girl died in horror! Tears here for her and her parents! pic.twitter.com/eq8L8YcHfy— Westo78 (@Westo781) March 21, 2019
Campbell attempted to blame her father's girlfriend for the horrific crime. Prosecutor Iain McSporran shared that he was hopeful that the guilty verdict would clear all doubt that she was involved in any way. Alesha's mother Georgina had earlier said that her "world had been ripped away" by the killer."
Robert MacPhail was heard shouting "f***ing scumbag" to Campbell as he was led away to cells in handcuffs last month.