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Teen denies raping and murdering Alesha Macphail on Isle of Bute



Boy, 16, denies 'abducting six-year-old Alesha Macphail from her bed at knife-point before raping and murdering her on the Isle of Bute'

  • Teenager to go on trial next year charged of the rape and murder of six-year-old 
  • The 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared in court today
  • He is accused of abducting Alesha MacPhail and will stand trial on February 4

By Ed Riley For Mailonline

Published: 05:58 EST, 10 December 2018 | Updated: 07:18 EST, 10 December 2018

A teenager is to go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied abducting, raping and then murdering the youngster on the Scottish island of Bute.  

She was at the start of a three-week break visiting family on the island in the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow when she was reported missing in the early hours of July 2. 

Her body was found a few hours later.

Alesha MacPhail was at the start of a three-week break visiting family on the island of Bute when she was reported missing on July 2
Alesha MacPhail was at the start of a three-week break visiting family on the island of Bute when she was reported missing on July 2

Alesha MacPhail was at the start of a three-week break visiting family on the island of Bute when she was reported missing on July 2

Police Scotland launched a major investigation and arrested a 16-year-old man.

It is also alleged that he disposed of a knife and clothing on the shore at Rothesay.

The 16-year-old appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Monday, where he denies the charges of rape and murder.

Judge Lady Rae set February 4 next year as the start of his trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Brian McConnachie QC, representing the accused, told the court: 'He pleads not guilty to both charges on this indictment.'

A 16-year-old denies abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old. Pictured: A school photograph of Alesha MacPhail placed among tributes after she died
A 16-year-old denies abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old. Pictured: A school photograph of Alesha MacPhail placed among tributes after she died

A 16-year-old denies abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old. Pictured: A school photograph of Alesha MacPhail placed among tributes after she died

Police forensic officers comb a beach on the Scottish island of Bute after her body was discovered
Police forensic officers comb a beach on the Scottish island of Bute after her body was discovered

Police forensic officers comb a beach on the Scottish island of Bute after her body was discovered

Alesha was a pupil at Chapelside Primary School in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, where she had just finished P2.

She was visiting her father Robert MacPhail and his family in Rothesay on Bute when she died.

At her funeral in July, her uncle Calum MacPhail said: 'She had a great amount of love for absolutely everyone. She was the brightest thing.'

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