Teen who allegedly raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail searched 'how do police find DNA' online a day after her body was found
Alesha was found naked and lying face down close to an abandoned hotel on the Isle of Bute in Scotland on July 2 last year, only hours after she was reported missing
The teenager who was accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Alesha MacPhail reportedly used an online search engine to check "how do police find DNA" the very next day after the six-year-old girl's body was found in the woods. A court heard that Alesha was found naked and lying face down close to an abandoned hotel on the Isle of Bute in Scotland on July 2 last year, only hours after she was reported missing from her grandparents' home.
Daily Mail reported that the 16-year-old boy who was accused of murder, rape, child abduction and defeating the ends of justice has denied all charges that were laid out against him at the Glasgow High Court. Cybercrime investigator Peter Benson spoke of how he examined the teen's iPhone 6 when he was giving evidence in court on February 18.
Benson confirmed that a Google search was made from the accused teen's phone on July 3 which said: "How do police find DNA." Among the contacts on the teen's phone was Alesha's father, Robert MacPhail, and his girlfriend, Toni McLachlan. On July 2, at 1:40 am, a final call was made to Robert before a text message was sent out to Toni at 1:47 am.
Toni returned the call at 6:29 am and the IT expert said that there was no evidence that pointed to the fact that the teen and Toni had communicated on Instagram. Benson said: "That did not feature in any of the evidence recovered from Toni-Louise McLachlan's phone."
The court also heard from Detective Constable Ian Wilson, who mentioned that the teen was taken to Glasgow for a police interview, where he allegedly responded: "no comment" to all the questions. He said the same thing when he was charged with the little girl's murder.
Alesha's disappearance was discussed in a Snapchat group chat the day she was found murdered, according to a 16-year-old girl who was friends with the accused and gave evidence to the court. In an attempt at humor, the accused sent a video of himself in a mirror showing his top half without his face to the group, captioning it "found the guy who's done it."
While the witness pushed it aside at the time as a "bad joke", she informed authorities when the news of his arrest broke. The teen has lodged a special defense that blamed McLachlan for the killing of the child. On February 13, McLachlan told the jurors that she "loved" Alesha and did not have anything to do with the child's death.
The trial continues.