Alesha MacPhail: Dad of girl ‘abducted, raped and murdered’ tells of moment she disappeared

Alesha, six, was found dead near the house where she was staying on the Isle of Bute last summer and a 16-year-old boy denies raping and murdering her on July 2

A father has described the last time he saw his six-year-old daughter Alesha MacPhail before she was allegedly abducted, raped and murdered.

Alesha, six, was found dead near the house where she was staying on the Isle of Bute last summer.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies raping and murdering her on July 2.

Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail told the court his daughter visited him in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute where he was living with her grandparents.

On the night she died, he said he heard Alesha getting out of bed and going into the living room.

He then took his daughter back to bed before telling her he’d see her in the morning.

Mr MacPhail never saw his daughter again and admitted in court today that he knows the 16-year-old accused of her rape and murder.

He said: “I used to sell him cannabis. He was never in my house,maybe at the front door, but never in the house.”

Images of the murdered schoolgirl body lying in woods were also shown to a jury at the High Court in Glasgow, as some people sat in the public gallery walked out.

Several people left the public gallery at the High Court when prosecutors said pictures from the scene where Alesha’s body was found would be shown.

Scene examiner Edward Brown, 50, said Alesha’s body was discovered in a wooded area off a path near the house where she was staying and to the home of the accused.

Pictures showed her naked body lying on the ground and some clothing nearby.

The jury had heard shorts, pants and a vest were recovered a short distance from her.

Images were also shown to the court of the attic flat where she was staying with her grandparents and father, including Alesha’s bedroom.

The teenager denies taking the child from her bed before assaulting and murdering her.


He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of clothing and a knife.

The trial continues.