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Alesha MacPhail murder: Judge to consider lifting ban on naming teen who raped and killed six-year-old

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A boy who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail could be identified today.


The teenager, 16, is facing a life sentence after he was found guilty of killing the child while she visited her grandparents on holiday.

Judge Lord Matthews told him he had committed some of the “wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard”.

The boy cannot currently be identified for legal reasons as he is under 18.

Georgina Lochrane leaving the High Court in Glasgow, where a teenager was found guilty of the murder of her six year-old daughter (PA)

But the judge is set to consider an application from media outlets to lift the court order.

The teenager took Alesha from the bed where she was sleeping on the Isle of Bute on July 2 last year.

A picture among tributes near a house on Ardbeg Road on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, after the body of Alesha MacPhail was found in woodland (PA)

He 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.

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.”

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