Alesha MacPhail's killer spent a year fantasizing about doing something 'excessive, including rape'
After months of denial, Aaron Campbell finally confessed to the abduction, rape, and murder of Alesha MacPhail and was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison
Aaron Campbell, the teenage boy who "brutally" raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail, has finally laid bare his depravity in a twisted account of what transpired on that fateful night, as reported by MEA WorldWide (MEAWW). The killer claimed he had fantasized about rape for a while and that he thought of murder as soon as he decided to abduct little Alesha, who was asleep at the time, according to a report by Mirror.
After Campbell repeatedly denied the crimes for months, Alesha's mother Georgina Lochrane had spoken of the torture of not knowing exactly what had happened to her six-year-old daughter. Now, the embattled mother wants to visit Campbell in prison to get more answers out of him.
Lord Matthews, the judge presiding over the case, described the killer as a "cold, callous, calculating, remorseless and dangerous individual" before sentencing him today to a minimum of 27 years in prison. He said that Campbell had been at a party drinking on the night of the murder and broke into Alesha's grandparents' home looking for cannabis armed with a knife, according to reports from the social worker and psychologist.
Campbell realized the door was open and so he disposed of the knife before returning and abducting Alesha, who was asleep at the time. According to the killer, he had spent a year fantasizing about doing something "excessive, including rape" and kidnapped Alesha because it was a "moment of opportunity".
"Doctor McPherson noted that you presented your account in a matter-of-fact manner, notably for the absence of any emotions," the judge said. "He recorded that you told him in the 12 months prior to the murder you entertained thoughts of doing something excessive, including rape. Your account, in brief, was that you had been drinking but wanted cannabis and decided to break into the house to get some. You took a kitchen knife because you wanted to protect yourself, but having gained entry you left the house and disposed of it. You returned to the house and entered Alesha’s bedroom."
BREAKING NEWS: 16 year old boy found GUILTY of the abduction, rape and murder of 6 year old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute in July 2018. pic.twitter.com/p9qRhFZLN9— Connor Gillies (@ConnorGillies) February 21, 2019
"When you saw Alesha your reaction was 'a moment of opportunity'," Lord Matthew continued. "You said 'all I thought about was killing her when I saw her'. You said that Alesha was drowsy and became a bit more awake when you went out. At one point she asked who you were and where you were going. You said you were a friend of her father and that you were taking her home."
After raping and killing the little girl in a secluded spot, Campbell threw his blood-stained clothing into the sea, had a shower, and then went back to where he had left her body looking for his phone.
Dr. Pherson learned that in the few days following the homicide, Campbell was "mildly amused" that the police had not apprehended him.
He even told social workers that he was "satisfied" with the murder and had to "zip his mouth shut" during the trial to stop himself from laughing. "You violated and murdered her in the most brutal fashion. It’s difficult to imagine the distress that her family has gone through," Lord Matthews told him in court.
The judge said: "I’ve never seen a police officer almost break down in the witness box while giving evidence," the judge said, acknowledging the "long-lasting" effect it had on those involved in the case as well as the small island community of Bute.
"It’s symptomatic of your staggering lack of remorse," Lord Matthews added, before handing Campbell his sentence.
Campbell showed no sign of emotion or remorse as he left the courtroom in handcuffs, jeered with cries of "beast" and "evil" from the public gallery. The teenager is currently being detained at Polmont Young Offenders Institution near Falkirk and will be transferred to an adult prison as soon as he turns 21.
Aaron Campbell is "cold, callous, calculating" individual who showed "a staggering lack of remorse" during his trial— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 21, 2019
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