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Boy charged with rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

July 6, 2018 2:56 PM
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Boy charged with rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the rape and murder of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail.

The six-year-old's body was found on the Isle of Bute on Monday, just hours after she was reported missing.

The teenager, who was arrested on Wednesday, appeared in private before Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday.

Alesha, who was from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, had been staying at her grandmother's house when she was reported missing at 06:25 on Monday.

During a brief appearance the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

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Source: bbc.co.uk

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