Alesha MacPhail killer Aaron Campbell, 16, has ‘price on his head’ and fellow lags know he raped and murdered schoolgirl


THE teenage monster who raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail has been warned he has a “price on his head”.

Sicko Aaron Campbell, 16, has been named for the first time after a judge lifted reporting restrictions protecting his identity in Glasgow today.

Police mugshot after Aaron Campbell arrested for rape and murder
Police mugshot after Aaron Campbell arrested for rape and murder
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Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered last year
Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered last year
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Under Scots law a convicted criminal cannot be identified until they turn 18.

But the horror killing has caused such “revulsion”, a judge today ruled that the evil killer can be unmasked.

During the hearing to name him, Campbell’s defence QC claimed the teen has received threats to his life.

Brian McConnachie QC told the High Court in Glasgow the evil lad had received information about there being “a price on his head”.

His legal team pointed to a history of self harm, anxiety and depression in a bid to worm out of identifying him.

But stripping the twisted killer of his right to anonymity, Judge Lord Matthews said: “Parliament has provided the court with a discretion to dispense with the prohibition.”

“I can’t think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion.”

The baby-faced murderer, who is expected to rot behind bars, is currently banged up in solitary at Polmont nick near Falkirk.

The monster eats alone in his cell, with just guards for contact, and sits watching telly and playing computer games at Polmont nick.

His mum Janette Campbell, 54, admitted he’s “probably depressed”.

But she went on: “He’s not scared because he’s protected for his own safety.”


Little Alesha, six, was staying with her dad and grandparents on the Isle of Bute when Campbell snatched her from her bed last July.

The schoolgirl suffered “catastrophic” sexual injuries after being raped and strangled by the maniac.

Jurors at the High Court in Glasgow found the beast guilty, the killer – drunk from a house party – stole a knife from his mum’s kitchen and entered the home where he swiped Alesha from her bed.

A “shadowy figure” was later captured on CCTV carrying a mystery object – believed to be Alesha – across the shoreline at Rothesay on the night she vanished.

Once at the site of a former hotel, Campbell removed the girl’s clothes and shook her “violently” as he covered her nose, mouth and neck with his hands.

Alesha, who was just 3ft 9ins tall, suffered 117 injuries and died from “forceful pressure to her neck and face”.

But the cruel teen has a bloodthirsty of violence and evil.

We told earlier how the lad had a twisted fascination with Slender Man, a faceless film monster that abducts kids.

And as a younger teen, he killed and skinned cats – sparking fears the slayings eventually built up to murdering little Alesha.

It has also emerged he allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl and showed off explicit pictures to his friends before the murder.

Locals also claim he held another little girl’s head under the water at a local swimming pool so long she feared she would drown.

Alesha’s mum Georgina Lochrane, 24, wept at court as the teenager was nailed yesterday. She was in court again today to hear the judge’s ruling to name the sadistic beast.

Her distraught dad Robert, 26, yelled “f***ing scumbag” at her killer as he was led cuffed to the cells yesterday.

It comes after the 16-year-old killer callously tried pinning the brutal murder on Toni McLachlan – Robert’s girlfriend.

He fed jurors a “pack of lies” during his trial – including that Toni had framed him by “planting” his DNA on the youngster using a condom discarded after they apparently had sex.

In over two hours of evidence he agreed in court that the schoolgirl’s murder was “extraordinarily evil and wicked”, but denied having ever met the six-year-old.

Lord Matthews, who presided over the case and has since allowed him to be named, told the 16-year-old rapist the case was “one of the wickedest and most evil crimes in the history of this court”.

Campbell will be sentenced on March 21 pending a psychological report regarding the teen’s mental state.

His name will be put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

His mum Janette Campbell had phoned police about her son
Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow
 The teen has a'price on his head' after committing the horrific murder
The teen has a ‘price on his head’ after committing the horrific murder
Lord Matthews ruled in favour to remove Aaron Campbell's right to anonymity
Lord Matthews ruled in favour to remove Aaron Campbell’s right to anonymity
Alesha’s heartbroken mum faced Campbell in court
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Campbell showed no emotion after being found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow
Aaron Campbell raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail
Aleshas dad branded the killer a ‘f***ing’ scumbag


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