Alesha MacPhail’s killer has 27-year jail sentence reduced

By Tania Snuggs, news reporter

Aaron Campbell – who was found guilty of abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail – has had his prison sentence reduced by three years.

The teenager took the little girl from her bed at her grandparents' home on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year.

The 17-year-old was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow and jailed for at least 27 years – but on Tuesday, three judges ruled the sentence should be cut to 24 years.

Image: Aaron Campbell previously said he was 'quite satisfied by the murder'

They claimed the term should be reduced on account of his age at the time of the murder, when he was 16.

The appeal was first heard in August at the Criminal Appeal Court in Edinburgh, where Alesha's parents, Robert MacPhail and Georgina Lochrane, looked on from the gallery.


Alesha's mother, Georgina Lochrane
Image: Alesha's mother, Georgina Lochrane

Campbell showed no emotion when he appeared via video in the courtroom.

During the nine-day trial in March, Campbell tried to convince the jury he had sex with Toni McLachlan, the girlfriend of Mr MacPhail, on the night Alesha was killed.

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He later admitted what he had done to those assessing him before being sentenced, claiming he was "quite satisfied by the murder".

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Image: Alesha was on holiday with her family when she was killed

Alesha, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, had been staying with her family on Bute during the summer holidays when she was attacked and killed by Campbell.

Explaining their ruling, the three judges said: "We have concluded that a punishment part of 24 years would be appropriate to reflect the appellant's youth.

"We will accordingly allow the appeal to the extent of substituting thaRead More – Source