The sixteen year old teenager who brutally raped and murdered six year old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute has been named as Aaron Campbell.

Judge Lord Matthews agreed to lift a legal restriction on revealing the teenagers identity following an application by media outlets.

Campbell,16, who is from Rothesay was convicted of raping and murdering Alesha at the High Court on Thursday and will be sentenced on 21 March 2019.

Campbell abducted the child at knifepoint from her bedroom at her grandparents home on the Isle of Blue in July 2018.

He then took her to a woodland clearing on the Scottish holiday island where she was sexually abused and murdered.

Upon conviction, Judge Lord Matthews told him he had committed “some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court has ever heard of in decades of dealing with depravity.”

Campbell was found to have Googled ‘how do police find DNA’ the day after the six-year-old’s body was found dumped in the wood.

More to follow

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