THE teen killer of tragic six-year-old Alesha MacPhail allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl and then showed off explicit pictures to his friends before the murder.
The 16-year-old – who cannot be named – for legal reasons was found guilty of Alesha’s murder at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.
Alesha MacPhail was found dead in woodland in July last year on the Isle of Bute, Scotland[/caption]
Alesha was snatched from her bed on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, before being led to the site of a derelict hotel and raped and murdered.
The sicko even tried to pin the brutal murder on Toni McLachlan – the girlfriend of Alesha’s dad, Rab, as he tried to dodge justice.
Residents living on the Isle of Bute have claimed the cannabis-smoking teenager was known for his troubling behaviour even before the killing.
The Daily Mail reports he is said to have sexually abused a teenager before showing explicit mobile phone pictures of her to his friends.
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.
Speaking to the newspaper, the killer’s mother accepted he was a drug taker but insisted he ‘was not a violent boy’.
He wasn’t a violent boy. He was very normal. Yes, he smoked cannabis, but it’s rife among kids on this island
The killer's mum
She said: “I wanted him to grow up in a safe place, a peaceful environment, and get a good education.
“He wasn’t a violent boy. He was very normal. Yes, he smoked cannabis, but it’s rife among kids on this island.
“I knew he was buying it from Rab [Alesha’s father] and Toni [Rab’s girlfriend], but what could I do? If I went to the police my son would be in trouble.”
Alesha’s devastated mum Georgina Lochrane wept as the verdict was returned as later she said she was glad he “will not be able to inflict the pain on another family” she has suffered.
A joint statement from the MacPhail family said they hope the teen is caged “for a long time”.
Judge Lord Matthews who presided over the case told the 16-year-old rapist the case was “one of the wickedest and most evil crimes in the history of this court”.
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He went on to describe his acts as “despicable” and “evil” and as he slammed the “ridiculous” suggestion Toni was guilty.
The teen 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.
But the jury saw through him and the teenager was convicted after just four hours at Glasgow’s High Court of abducting, raping and murdering Alesha on July 2 last year, leaving her with ‘catastrophic’ sexual injuries.
Toni McLachlan has been accused by the teen of taking the condom the pair used to implicate him[/caption]