Alesha MacPhail killer named after judge lifts identity restriction

The 16-year-old boy who raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail can be identified as Aaron Campbell after a judge allowed his name to be reported.

The body of the six-year-old was found in woods on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year, hours after she was reported missing from the house her father shared with his parents and partner on the island.

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took three hours to find the teenager guilty unanimously on Thursday, following a nine-day trial.

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Aaron Campbell could not previously be identified because he is under 18 but judge Lord Matthews has lifted that restriction.
Aaron Campbell could not previously be identified because he is under 18 but judge Lord Matthews has lifted that restriction.
Aaron Campbell could not previously be identified because he is under 18 but judge Lord Matthews has lifted that restriction.
Teen, 16, who abducted, raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail named as Aaron Campbell
Teen, 16, who abducted, raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail named as Aaron Campbell
The 16-year-old has been found guilty of raping and murdering the youngster on the Isle of Bute last summer.
Alesha MacPhail murder: Judge to consider lifting ban on naming teen who raped and killed six-year-old
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took three hours to find the teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, guilty unanimously, following a nine-day trial.
The six-year-old had just arrived to spend three weeks on Bute with her father and grandparents.
The six-year-old had just arrived to spend three weeks on Bute with her father and grandparents.
The six-year-old had just arrived to spend three weeks on Bute with her father and grandparents.
Alesha's body was found in woods on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year
A teenage boy has been convicted of  abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail in a crime that shocked Britain last summer.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Alesha MacPhail's mother, Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow High Court following the verdict delivered on February 21, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her body was found dead in the grounds of a hotel in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute on July 2, 2018. The hotel was near to her grandmother's house where she had been reported missing from. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, senior investigating officer in the case for Police Scotland, makes a statement outside Glasgow High Court following the verdict delivered on February 21, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her body was found dead in the grounds of a hotel in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute on July 2, 2018. The hotel was near to her Grandmother's house where she had been reported missing from. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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He could not previously be identified because he is under 18 but judge Lord Matthews on Friday ruled he can be named after considering an application from media outlets.

He said: "I can't think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion.

"I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him."

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