Identity of Alesha MacPhail killer revealed as Aaron Campbell

Aaron Campbell - Sixteen year old killer and rapist of Alesha Macphail
Aaron Campbell - Sixteen year old killer and rapist of Alesha Macphail

The teenager found guilty of the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail can be now identified as Aaron Campbell.

Campbell (16) is facing a life sentence after being convicted of abducting, raping and killing the schoolgirl while she visited her grandparents on holiday on Bute.

The identity of the teenage boy who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been revealed.''The judge who presided over the schoolgirl's murder trial has lifted a ban on naming 16-year-old Aaron Campbell.

The identity of the teenage boy who killed six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been revealed.''The judge who presided over the schoolgirl's murder trial has lifted a ban on naming 16-year-old Aaron Campbell.

The boy could not previously be legally identified because he is under 18 but the media appealed to a judge to lift the ban protecting his identity.

The teenager took Alesha MacPhail from the bed where she was sleeping on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year and inflicted horrific injuries before dumping her body in woodland.

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

He could not previously be identified because he is under 18 but judge Lord Matthews today (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.”