Teenager finally admits to raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail as he's jailed for life

Alesha MacPhail murder trial

A teenager who raped and murdered a six-year-old girl on the Isle of Bute has been sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must spend at least 27 years behind bars.

Aaron Campbell, who was convicted of raping and murdering Alesha MacPhaillast month finally admitted to his crimes before sentencing.

Sentencing Campbell, judge Lord Matthews said he was a cold and calculated individual who had shown "not a flicker of remorse" during the trial.

He said: "You went into the house and then her bedroom, you removed her from there and took her to a secluded spot where you raped and murdered her in the most brutal fashion.

"It's difficult to imagine the distress her family must have suffered."

After the sentence was read out family members shouted "evil" and "beast" as Campbell was led down to the cells.

Alesha's body was found in woods on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year (Facebook)

Campbell, 16, who was unanimously found guilty by a jury at the High Court in Glasgow last month, admitted responsibility for the rape and murder of Alesha in background reports ordered by the judge.

Brian McConnachie QC, representing 16-year-old Campbell, said: "The most striking thing about these reports is that in the reports Mr Campbell has admitted to responsibility for the rape and murder of Alesha MacPhail."

Mr McConnachie said the psychologist's report found that Campbell "presents with a range of traits on the psychopathy checklist and also has a wide range of factors present in relation to potential sexually harmful behaviour".

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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.
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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 said that Campbell's upbringing was "less than ideal" but that this was not a mitigating factor.

Ahead of Campbell's sentencing, he concluded: "In dealing with this matter I would ask your Lordship to have regard to the fact that in imposing the punishment part at this stage it is a punishment part of a significant length undoubtedly which is being imposed upon a child."

Alesha's body 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.

Campbell, whose identity was revealed following his conviction, took Alesha from the bed where she was sleeping and inflicted horrific injuries before dumping her body in woodland.

Pathologist John Williams told the trial that Alesha had 117 separate injuries, and a post-mortem examination he conducted indicated she had died from "significant and forceful pressure to her neck and face".

Georgina Lochrane, the mother of Alesha MacPhail, arrives at court for Campbell's sentencing (PA)
Campbell was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow last month where a jury found him guilty unanimously (Police Scotland)

The court heard that Alesha was days into her summer holiday with father Robert MacPhail, 26, and grandparents Angela King and Calum MacPhail when she was snatched by Campbell, who tried to blame her father's girlfriend for the crime.

Prosecutor Iain McSporran said he hoped the guilty verdict would remove any doubt that she could have been involved.

He referred to a victim impact statement from Alesha's paternal grandparents Angela King and Calum MacPhail.

Robert MacPhail (centre), the father of Alesha MacPhail, arrives at the High Court in Glasgow with Alesha's grandparents Callum MacPhail and Angela King (PA)

He said: "They are utterly devastated and heartbroken. She was a beautiful, kind and thoughtful child who they miss every day.

"They are tortured and tormented by the circumstances of her murder. I think overwhelmed is an understatement.

"They do not see how they can live a normal life. Her future was taken and so was theirs."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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