THE teen accused of Alesha MacPhail’s murder alleged her dad’s lover had sex with him in a bus shelter before planting his DNA on the dead child, a court heard today.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has accused Toni McLachlan of taking the condom the pair used to implicate him.
Alesha MacPhail was found dead in woodland in July last year on the Isle of Bute, Scotland[/caption]
Toni McLachlan has been accused by the teen of taking the condom the pair used to implicate him[/caption]
The schoolgirl’s body was discovered in woodland in July last year on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.
She had been spending a summer break with her father and grandparents in the house they shared.
The accused denies taking her from her bed before raping and murdering her on July 2 last year.
A jury has heard Ms McLachlan met the accused in the middle of the night, then took Alesha to the woods and attacked her before “planting” the teen’s semen from the used condom.
This was put to her by defence, Brian McConnachie, who said she had “brutalised” the little girl using an “implement.”
He asked her if she had sex with the accused in a bus shelter on the Isle of Bute in 2017 – Ms McLachlan denied it.
The teenage boy said that was the last time he had seen Ms McLachlan before Alesha was killed, the court heard.
Ms McLacklan told the court she called the accused on July 2, because she wanted to know why he had called in the middle of the night.
She added: “It was strange the fact he was the only one that messaged in the middle of the night – it was weird.
“I was genuinely just wondering why he had wanted.”
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When asked how it felt to be accused of murder, Ms McLachlan told the court: “Horrible.
“I don’t know how to take it. I’m sad, I’m angry, I’m full of emotions.”
She sobbed as she told the court “I loved her to pieces” and denied having anything to do with Alesha’s murder.
And she denied that she had been the victim of domestic abuse from Alesha’s dad Robert MacPhail, saying: “He’s never raised a hand or I’ve felt I’m in danger.”
Ms McLachlan said she did not tell police about the couple’s drug dealing as she did not think it was relevant.
Alesha’s mother covered her face in the public gallery during Ms McLachlan’s cross-examination, and left the courtroom when her daughter’s injuries were mentioned.
The High Court in Glasgow heard from the man who found Alesha’s body – who told how he checked for a pulse after spotting the little girl.
And Sergeant Martin Wilson wept as he recalled seeing the six-year-old’s body, and told the court: “Her left arm was a bit rigid.”
He added: “There was bruising to her torso and her lips were blue.”
Court documents allege the suspect, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was armed with a knife when he snatched Alesha from her bed earlier that morning.
He is accused of carrying her to the former hotel site nearby before removing her clothes and shaking her “violently”.
It is claimed the suspect applied pressure after covering the youngster’s nose, mouth and neck with his hands.
It is also alleged he raped and murdered the schoolgirl.
A second charge claims he tried to cover up the crime on the shore at Rothesay and another address in the town by dumping clothes and a blade.
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He is also accused of showering blood off his body.
The suspect’s legal team lodged a special defence on Monday of incrimination, blaming a woman for the death.
The trial continues.
Robert MacPhail, father of Alesha MacPhail, outside the High Court in Glasgow[/caption]
Alesha’s mum, Georgina Lochrane, arriving at Glasgow High Court[/caption]
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