GUILTY UK - Alesha MacPhail, 6, raped & murdered, Ardbeg, Isle of Bute, Scotland, 2 Jul 2018 -*arrest* #7

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  1. tresir2012

    tresir2012 Oh! What a tangled web we weave....

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    Well that is a strange one right because he confessed after the trial IIRC but, yes he is only appealing against sentence. Perhaps his defence will bring up something that happened when he was young? Do we know why the family moved from Shrewsbury in 2008 when he was 6?
     
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  2. Yenriac

    Yenriac Well-Known Member

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    I think, in the article i posted up thread it says it was for a better life. How ironic, they move for a better life and he takes the life of a child.
     
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  3. Kiranerys

    Kiranerys Well-Known Member

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    I suppose he could attempt to say the confession was coerced or something else just as ridiculous?!
     
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  4. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    Maybe there's more clarification as to his mental state - both then and now.
     
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  5. Starfishcherub

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    I was wondering the same thing. Appealing sentence due to intimidation to confess. Or due to trauma in childhood, etc. It's definitely not over yet is it. Wonder if the appeal will throw up some new evidence...
     
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  6. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I should scroll back - when is his Appeal?
     
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  7. TaylorCallum

    TaylorCallum Well-Known Member

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    It’s the 7th of August.
     
  8. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Taylor
     
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  9. Bootlace15

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    Where's Mr. Eezer when you need him? He has views on this.
     
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  10. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    I was reading this article again ( ok, it's the Sun) and the bit where, allegedly, AC's mum says;

    " ..He (AC's father) blamed me and my son blamed me as I was the one who phoned the police.
    But I told them I would have just been waiting for the police to come to my door."

    It's another insight into AC's overall reaction to the crime.
    As far I have seen and to the best of what I've read, AC carried out the most heinous crime; his strange and numerous excusions back and forth to the crime scene, blamed his mother for calling the police, acted very confident and convincing to the arresting officers, denied his guilt with bizarre explanations, admitted guilt at the final stage and mocked poor A's family and now has an Appeal forthcoming.
    Has this kind of pattern of behaviour happened before in cases similar to this?
    Can a young adult who committed a horrendous murder, be as mercurial in his reactions?
    Does this show a mental illness or an immature mind out of control - or both?
    My opinion (and not in the Mental Health profession) favours some kind of mental illness.
    IMHO
    Alesha MacPhail's twisted teen killer disowned behind bars by sickened family
     
  11. Kiranerys

    Kiranerys Well-Known Member

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    Personally I think it just shows someone manipulative who needs to be in control,and would employ whichever strategy looked like it would work.
    I dont think he ever expected his mum to tell anyone about the CCTV,or even suspect him and check it at all,so when she did he had to brazen it out and try to find a new strategy. JMO
     
  12. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    He definately showed act/s of brazen. It's what's behind the brazeness, manipulation and control?
    I found this article - we may have seen it before, it might be sensationalised in places, however it gives some kind of insight into the criminal/psychotic mind of the child. see Eric Smith photo - chilling!

    Children who kill - innocent faces behind the evil crimes
     
  13. Kiranerys

    Kiranerys Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing,yes Eric Smith's photo definitely gives me the creeps!.
    I genuinely believe that AC is a narcissist with psychopathic tendencies, and I would wager a few of the kids on that list have personality disorders, I dont think mental illness played any part in what AC did to Alesha,I believe he is perfectly sane,just devoid of the moral and emotional constraints that would usually stop someone committing such a heinous act.
     
  14. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    Have to say I lean towards mental illness and an inability to control his actions due to that. That is only my instinct and trying to keep an open mind ( not that anyone on here hasn't) as to the heinous actions he carried out - as a child. I would like to read the next health report on him of which I'm sure there will be plenty.
     
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  15. Kiranerys

    Kiranerys Well-Known Member

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    It will be interesting to see what future reports say,but he was assessed both before and after trial with no mention if the possibility of mental illness.
    His potential diagnosis of pschopathywas alluded to in the pre sentencing reports,which seemed to paint a very bleak picture of his tendencies.
    Personally I'm not sure I believe a mental illness would cause his actions,certainly not those in the aftermath of the crime,but I am not a doctor so its totally my own opinion.
    I think we would all much prefer him to be mentally ill as that lends itself to the possibility of rehabilitation,but sadly I dont think this will turn our to be the case this time:(
     
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  16. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    That last article was so interesting! Deff worth a read.
     
  18. Ardoch

    Ardoch Well-Known Member

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    Kiranerys Well-Known Member

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    Lovely to see this,it looks fab!.
    Now that this is in place,and the memorial bench is also in place on Bute,has anyone heard any news on Aleshas headstone?,it would be lovely to see how she is honoured in her final resting place.
     
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  20. Slixcon

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    In my personal opinion, his murderous act was not primarily motivated by mental illness. He may have suffered from depression and/or anxiety, but these factors alone seldom impel someone to commit gratuitous violence. I think his actions, in both the murder and the subsequent trial, suggest that he suffers from psychopathy. The careless indifference he displayed, in both the disposal of evidence and the bare-faced lying to the police and prosecution, is symptomatic of a psychopathic condition, while the crimes he committed indicate the presence of a virulent sadism that could only ever be utilised by someone lacking any empathy. However, having followed the case relatively closely over the past six months, I've seen nothing to indicate that he is suffering from psychosis/schizophrenia, and so I believe that he was fully cognisant of the severity of his actions.
     
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