Teen killer who raped, murdered 6yo girl is sentenced to life in jail
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The heartbroken mum of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail screamed “vile rat” at the evil teen who raped and murdered her as he started a life sentence today.
Aaron Campbell, 16, told a psychologist “all I thought about was killing her” when he walked in on Alesha sleeping in her bed on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
The monster carried her out of her family’s holiday house and into woodland before removing her clothes and raping her. He then smothered her to death and dumped her body nearby.
Campbell, who denied the crimes at trial, admitted the rape and murder for the first time ahead of sentencing for his sickening crimes at Glasgow’s High Court.
Alesha’s mum Georgina Lochrane wept as details of his confession were read to the court, in which he said Alesha had woken up in his arms as he carried her away at 2am.
He told the six-year-old he was a friend of her dad’s and was taking her home.
Judge Lord Matthews said: “You told him (the psychologist) that in the 12 months prior to the murder, you thought of doing something excessive, including rape.
“He records that when you saw Alesha, your reaction was according to you ‘a moment of opportunity’ … ‘all I thought about was killing her once I saw her’.
Defending Queen’s Counsel, Brian McConnachie said the teen had shown “traits on the psychopathy checklist” during the psychological profile.
There were screams of “f***ing paedo” as he was led to the cells after being sentenced to a minimum of 27 years behind bars.
‘STAGGERING LACK OF REMORSE’
Sentencing Campbell to life in prison, with a minimum of 27 years, Judge Matthews said: “You had been drinking but wanted cannabis and broke into the house to get some. You returned to the house and entered Alesha’s bedroom.”
Referring to the details of the reports, the judge added: “You said that Alesha was drowsy and became a bit more awake when you went outside.
“She asked who you were and where you were going. You said you were a friend of her father’s and that you were taking her home.
“You gave her your top because she was cold.
“You explained that after you murdered Alesha, you threw your clothes into the sea, had a shower, then returned to where you left her to retrieve your phone.”
The judge continued: “Your attitude was clearly demonstrated by the evidence that you posted an image of yourself in the mirror while making a joke that you had found where the murderer was hiding.
“Your arrogance was breathtaking. Not once during the trial did I detect a flicker of emotion from you.
“At points during the trial you had to stop yourself from laughing, you had to tell yourself to zip it.”
Campbell was convicted after damning billion-to-one DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene and chilling CCTV footage showing him skulking from his mum’s home the night of the slaughter on July 2 last year.
He outrageously claimed he had a sexual affair with Toni McLachlan and she had planted DNA evidence from a used condom.
SNATCHED IN DEAD OF NIGHT
Little Alesha had been staying with her dad and grandparents on the Isle of Bute when she feel asleep watching a Peppa Pig DVD.
Campbell, who had drunk nearly two bottles of wine at a house party, stole a knife from his mum’s kitchen and swiped Alesha from her bed at 2am.
A “shadowy figure” was later captured on CCTV carrying a mystery object — believed to be Alesha — across the shoreline at Rothesay on the night she vanished.
Once at the site of a former hotel, the twisted killer removed the girl’s clothes and shook her “violently” as he covered her nose, mouth and neck with his hands.
Her mutilated body was found in woods on the Isle of Bute hours later after her devastated family woke up to find she was missing.
Judge Matthews told Campbell the case was “one of the wickedest and most evil crimes in the history of this court”.
Following the verdict, the killer’s mother accepted he was a drug taker but insisted he “was not a violent boy”.
She said: “I wanted him to grow up in a safe place, a peaceful environment, and get a good education.
“He wasn’t a violent boy. He was very normal. Yes, he smoked cannabis, but it’s rife among kids on this island.
“I knew he was buying it from Rab (Alesha’s father) and Toni (Rab’s girlfriend), but what could I do? If I went to the police my son would be in trouble.”
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Originally published as ‘Vile rat’: Mum screams as rapist jailed