THE mum of the monster nailed for murdering Alesha MacPhail revealed her heart sank watching CCTV of him disappearing in the middle of the night to carry out the depraved killing.
She said she scanned security video outside her home on the morning the missing schoolgirl’s body was found.
And she knew she had to call cops when she spotted her evil son, 16, had vanished for an hour at the time the six-year-old was last seen tucked up in bed.
The mum, who can’t be named, said she was urged to check footage last July 2 by the aunt of Toni McLachlan — Alesha’s dad’s lover.
She recalled: “She said to me to look at 2am onwards because that’s the last time Toni saw her in bed.
“I looked and saw him coming home. I hadn’t seen him leave so I rewound it a wee bit.
“He went out about 1.57am and he came back around 3am, so he was out for a good hour.
“When he got home, he stripped off, left all of his clothes at his backside in the bathroom and then he went out again in shorts.
“My heart dropped a bit when I saw that. I thought, ‘Where’s he going?’ I waited for my friend to finish work and said to her, ‘Look, I’ve gone through that CCTV from the time that you’ve said and he has gone out and come back’.
“She said, ‘Well, you better phone the police’.”
The mum grilled the beast on his mystery trips and said she knew his feet were dirty because he left without any shoes at one point.
But the brazen lad denied any wrongdoing and told her: “I think I was looking for my phone. I think I dropped it when I was out.”
The mother told how she eventually called cops probing the grisly find in Rothesay, Bute, to eliminate her boy from inquiries.
She recalled how the computer games fanatic didn’t seem fazed and “shrugged it off like he didn’t care”.
But the fiend’s mask slipped when he was put on the phone to Toni’s aunt Amanda.
The mum said: “She was talking to him about DNA and he said, ‘Oh that’s a wee bit worrying. What’s DNA? I don’t know what DNA is’. She was explaining to him and he said, ‘Oh that’s fine because I wasn’t anywhere near that little girl’.”
Detectives arrived at the house that night to quiz the boy.
In solitary 24/7 with his Xbox
THE monster is banged up all day in solitary with only guards for contact, his mum revealed.
He eats alone in his cell and sits watching telly and playing computer games at Polmont nick.
She said: “He’s not mixing with anybody else. He’s by himself 24 hours a day in confinement.
“He has a TV and I think they recently gave him an Xbox.”
She admitted he’s “probably depressed” but went on: “He’s not scared because he’s protected for his own safety.”
Remembering the moment, his mum said: “When they did come into the house with the warrant, they took all his clothes, all his stuff. He was interviewed himself because he was 16.
“He was totally happy speaking to the police and didn’t seem scared.
My heart dropped a bit when I saw that. I thought, ‘Where’s he going?”
Exam As for bright fiend with no future
THE killer was caged on remand when he found out he’d passed his exams.
The twisted teen will rot behind bars instead of following ambitions of studying engineering at uni and designing computer games.
His mum said he bagged A’s for his school National 5 maths and physics after she forked out for a tutor, but flunked his English.
She said: “He was bright in those subjects but he got a D in English though.
“My son was going to be an engineer. He wanted to design games. That would have been his dream job.
“He’d have had to go and do engineering. His aim was to go to university. He wanted a good job and the good things in life.”
She admitted the fiend was “addicted” to gaming.
The mother added: “He would lock himself away until about 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. He’d be up all night on that computer and sleep all day.”
“Then they went away and Amanda and I said to him, ‘That was really good that you spoke to the police’. He said, ‘Aye, no bother’.
“He had spaghetti bolognese that night after being interviewed. He didn’t seem worried at all. He just went to bed and played his games.”
Police returned the next night to study the CCTV and the shocked mum was told officers had launched a murder inquiry. But the killer again seemed unmoved.
She said: “I was like, ‘Oh my god’. He went off to his bedroom.
“In the morning he wasn’t acting any differently — he’s a loud kid, jumping on the stairs, shouting at the screen, a normal teenager, into games, playing Fortnite.”
The teen was on his bedroom computer again when a team of cops arrived to nick him on July 4.
His mother said: “Two police were up front and two had gone up the back garden. Obviously they thought he was going to do a runner. He just looked up from his computer and said, ‘Oh you want me to go with you? Aye’. And he went off and that was it.
“My heart was pounding. It was so quick. I didn’t see him leave.
“He just sauntered down and went away into the car with them.
“He was interviewed in Glasgow and then charged the next day.”
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The mum told how the fiend broke down when she visited him after his grilling at Govan nick.
She said: “That’s when he was crying. He said to me, ‘I don’t know why this is happening to me, mum. I’m doing really well at school, all my friends, I’m in a relationship, I’m in a happy place at the moment. Why is this happening to me?’.”
Police rang the mum to inform her of the charges against her boy. She said: “I was shocked, just stunned. After appearing in court, he was then put into jail and he’s been there ever since.
“It’s a horrible experience — I never thought in my entire life would I ever be going to visit anybody in jail, let alone my own son.”
The shattered mum revealed her marriage collapsed over the case.
She said: “Our lives are completely destroyed. We just couldn’t come back from it. It’s completely obliterated our family. My husband said, ‘Everybody’s going to blame the dad’.
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“He was working away at the time. He came back and he was devastated. He blamed me, and my son blamed me because I was the one who phoned the police. But I told them I would have just been waiting for the police to come to my door.”
She added: “Even the estate agents wouldn’t touch this house for me to put it up for sale. It’s just tainted.”
And she said she couldn’t bring herself to visit the fiend in Polmont young offenders nick, near Falkirk, over Christmas as she struggles to cope with the brutal slaying.
She said: “I emailed him Merry Christmas. The last time I saw him was when I took his suit up for court at the start of February.
“He has a girlfriend who is devastated but standing by him.”
The mum added: “I cry thinking about it all the time. I have medication to help me sleep. My emotions are a rollercoaster.”
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