Girlfriend of Alesha MacPhail's father denies killing the six-year-old

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A woman blamed for the death of Alesha MacPhail by the teenager accused of murdering the schoolgirl has told a court she had nothing to do with the crime.

Toni McLachlan, 18, the girlfriend of Alesha’s father, was giving evidence at the trial of a 16-year-old boy who denies abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old on the Isle of Bute last July. He has lodged a special defence, blaming Ms McLachlan.

At the High Court in Glasgow she denied having anything to do with the girl’s death and said she “loved her to pieces”.

She also rejected a suggestion that she had sex with the teenager on the night Alesha went missing, before killing the schoolgirl and planting the boy’s DNA at the scene.

The court heard earlier that Ms McLachlan and her boyfriend, Robert MacPhail, 26, had previously dealt cannabis to the boy.

Alesha’s naked body was found in the grounds of a derelict hotel in Rothesay on July 2 last year.

Ms McLachlan, who gave evidence from behind a screen, was staying with her partner and Alesha’s grandparents, Calum MacPhail and Angela King, in their flat in the town at the time. Alesha was days into a summer holiday on the island.



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