UK - Alesha MacPhail, 6, raped & murdered, Ardbeg, Isle of Bute, Scotland, 2 Jul 2018 -teen arrested

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  1. Vevvie

    Vevvie New Member

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    Surely, this defence of his would have come out sooner if there was any truth to it. What an accusation.
     
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    She was a central character when it all happened so she would have been named during the trial anyway.
     
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    I wonder if he is going to claim that "she" - the 19 year old GF - paid him or hired him to kidnap little Alesha. If there was any truth at all to his claims, if he had any substance of proof, she would have been arrested by now.

    IMHO, he is blowing smoke and trying to smear someone's name. Maybe she rebuked his advances previously and taking Alesha was a payback to the 19 year old. Now, he is trying to get his revenge another way. Disgusting. Or - since we do not know his identity, but we know he was know to the family - could he possibly be the brother to this GF?
     
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    Named yes but, not as an accused child killer.
     
  5. Legally Bland

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    It has crossed my mind he's trying to inflict as much pain as possible on the family, for reasons I don't understand.

    I just don't see this defence going anywhere.
     
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    I agree - this defense will not win. I feel so much for this family. Her mom and dad pics broke my heart. The devastation that they felt was palpable.
     
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    He seems to have a massive grudge against them all. Perhaps it will come out in court why.
     
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    He's the accused, not her. Same way she is not a suspect.
     
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    9:53

    Judge tells court 'this trial will cause strong emotions'
    The accused denies entering an address with a knife and abducting Alesha.

    It is alleged he took her to the site of the former hotel, shook her violently, raped her and murdered her.

    He has pleaded not guilty to a second charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of clothing and a knife on the shore at Rothesay and washing blood off his body.

    Agreed statements of fact were read to the jury yesterday before the judge adjourned the case until today, when evidence will be heard.

    Judge Lord Matthews told the panel the trial, which is expected to last up to two weeks, was likely to cause “strong emotions”.

    He said: “You have to approach this case with a great deal of professional detachment.”

    Boy, 16, due in court over six-year-old Alesha MacPhail's rape and murder
     
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    10:34

    Alesha was reported missing by her grandmother
    Alesha was reported missing by her grandmother Angela King at 6.23am on July 2, when a 999 call was made.

    She was found less than three hours later, at 8.54am on July 2 in the grounds of the former Kyles Hydropathic Hotel.

    The child was pronounced dead around 30 minutes later at 9.23am.

    Yesterday, advocate depute Iain McSporran QC read out a joint minute to the court listing the agreed facts, before the case was adjourned. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

    The teen denies all the charges.

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    Alesha was discovered in the grounds of the former Kyles Hydropathic Hotel (Image: Daily Record)

    Boy, 16, due in court over six-year-old Alesha MacPhail's rape and murder
     
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    James Matthews‏Verified account @jamesmatthewsky
    At the High Court in Glasgow for continuing trial of 16 year-old boy, who can’t be named, who denies rape & murder of 6 yr-old #Alesha MacPhail on Isle of Bute last July @SkyNews

    James Matthews on Twitter

    James Matthews‏Verified account @jamesmatthewsky
    1st witness is police scenes of crime examiner. Attended area on outskirts of Rothesay on 2 July 2018 where body had been discovered. Court hears Alesha had been staying at address on Ardbeg Rd - further down same street is home address of accused

    James Matthews on Twitter
     
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    10:49

    Trial resumes: First witness is police crime examiner

    The trial has resumed.

    The first witness to give evidence is a police crime examiner who attended the area on the outskirts of Rothesay - where Alesha’s body was discovered - on July 2.

    The court heard Alesha had been staying at an address on Ardbeg Road.

    On the same street is the home address of the accused, who we are not naming for legal reasons.

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    Alesha's body was discovered less than three hours after her grandmother reported her missing (Image: PA)

    Boy, 16, due in court over six-year-old Alesha MacPhail's rape and murder
     
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    This is unbearable to read ... I cannot fathom how her family will get through this
     
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