Aaron Campbell sentencing: Killer CONFESSES to murder of Alesha MacPhail, 6
Aaron Campbell, 16, snatched six-year-old Alesha MacPhail from her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Bute and dumped her in woodland after raping and murdering her.
Alesha MacPhail’s teenage killer has confessed to abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old girl.
Aaron Campbell, 16, snuck in through an unlocked door when he snatched Alesha from her bed at her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.
At his sentencing hearing at Glasgow High Court today, QC McConnachie, defending, said Campbell has taken responsibility for the crimes.
He made the declaration during a social work report. Campbell’s QC also said the rapist and killer shows a number of traits on the psychopath checklist.
Campbell’s lawyer said he had a “less than ideal upbringing” but this “can’t be used” as a defence for his crimes.
The teen, who lived on the same road, inflicted more than 100 injuries before dumping the 3ft 9in schoolgirl body in woodland behind a former hotel in Rothesay.
When Campbell was found guilty of rape and murder last month, a judge warned that he may never be released from custody.
During this morning’s hearing a victim impact statement was read out on behalf of Alesha’s grandparents Callum and Angela which said: “We are utterly devastated. Alesha was a beautiful, smart, funny and kind girl. We are traumatised. We do not see how we can live a normal life. Her future was taken and so was ours.”