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Boy who raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail now named

Aaron Campbell was found guilty of killing the youngster while she visited her grandparents in Bute.

The 16-year-old boy who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail can now be identified.

Aaron Thomas Campbell, from Rothesay, was found guilty of killing the youngster while she visited her dad and grandparents on holiday in Bute.

Killer: Aaron Campbell had a Youtube channel.
Killer: Aaron Campbell had a Youtube channel.

The law normally prevents under 18s involved in criminal proceedings from being named, however Judge Lord Matthews lifted the restriction following an application from media outlets, including STV News.

The judge heard a price had been put on Campbell's head, but 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."

Armed with a knife, Campbell took Alesha out of her bed before carrying the child to the former Kyles Hydropathic Hotel on the island where he raped and murdered her.

Her body was found in a wooded area of the island a few hours after she was reported missing.

CCTV footage captured the killer entering and leaving his house several times on the morning he murdered Alesha.

Campbell had his own Youtube channel, uploading videos of him performing flips on a trampoline while also speaking into the camera.

In the videos, he is seen performing the stunts while friends watch on and music plays in the background.

The murderer will be sentenced on March 21.

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

YouTube: Aaron Campbell had been a YouTube blogger from a young age. 

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

Tony Graham QC, acting on behalf of the media, said it would be in the "public interest" for Campbell to be finally uncovered.

He stated Campbell's name was already "in the public domain" on Facebook, Twitter and "anyone making an inquiry on Google".

He added it would also be "naive to assume" that the people of Bute or inmates in Polmont - where Campbell is locked up - would not know what he had done.

Mr Graham told the judge: "It is a case that has attracted more media attention than any trial in this court certainly in the last decade.

"One of the most evil and wicked cases that my lord has encountered - that is not over stating the position."

Alesha had 117 injuries, the trial heard, although some could have been caused by vegetation.

Her mum Georgina Lochrane said: "Words cannot express just how devastated I am to have lost my beautiful, happy, smiley wee girl.

Child: She was six years old when she was murdered.
Child: She was six years old when she was murdered.

"I am glad that the boy who did this has finally been brought to justice and that he will not be able to inflict the pain on another family that he has done to mine.

"Alesha, I love you so much, my wee pal. I will miss you forever."

Alesha's family added: "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."

Mum: She has been devastated by the murder.
Mum: She has been devastated by the murder.

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