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Aaron Campbell, 16, named for first time as Alesha MacPhail's killer, as judge lifts anonymity on boy who carried out 'bestial' murder

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The “evil” 16-year-old boy who raped and murdered young Alesha MacPhail in a crime that shocked the nation has been unmasked as Aaron Campbell.  

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The teenager is facing life behind bars for brutally killing the six-year-old girl after snatching her from her bed during a holiday to her grandparents’ on the Scottish isle of Bute. 

Campbell was found guilty of murder yesterday, and will be sentenced next month for the “bestial” crime which is believed to have been inspired by the Slender Man horror character. 

Today Judge Lord Matthews agreed that Campbell’s name and picture could be published for the first time, after an appeal by media organisations to end his anonymity. 

Aaron Campbell has been named as the “evil” 16-year-old boy who raped and murdered young Alesha MacPhail

Following yesterday’s guilty verdict, the judge said Campbell had committed “some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court has ever heard of in decades of dealing with depravity”. 

The judge added that he still has “no idea” of the motive for the murder, which prosecutor Iain McSporran QC has described as “bestial”. 

Alesha was snatched by Campbell as she slept on July 2 last year, inflicting horrific injuries, raping the young girl, and then dumping her lifeless body in woodland. 

During the trial, Campbell cruelly tried to pin the blame on Alesha’s father’s girlfriend, who was forced to deny in court having anything to do with the shocking crime. 

Alesha MacPhail’s father Robert pictured during her killer’s trial (PA)

Ultimately jurors took just three hours at High Court in Glasgow to find Campbell unanimously guilty. 

In a statement issued by Police Scotland, Alesha’s family said: “We can’t believe that we will never see our wee angel Alesha again. We miss her so much.

“We hope that the boy who took her from us is jailed for a long time because of what he has done to our family.”

Campbell has been warned he may never again be free from prison, and he will be sentenced on March 21. 

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