16-year old Aaron Campbell has been named as the teenager who raped and murdered six-year old Alesha MacPhail. The judge who presided over the trial has lifted a ban on naming the boy.
Several media outlets including Sky News and BBC News made a case for reversing the court order which had protected his identity because he was under the age of 18.
Judge Lord Matthews spoke about the case saying that he can’t remember a “case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion”. After hearing the legal arguments on Friday, he said: “I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him.”
Campbell was found guilty of the rape and murder of the young girl, who went missing while on a visit to her grandparents on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year.
On Thursday, Lord Matthews said he had committed some of the “wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard”.
Campbell kidnapped Alesha at knifepoint from the bed where she was sleeping and inflicted “catastrophic” injuries before dumping her body in woodland.
A post mortem found that the girl has suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck.
On Thursday a jury at the High Court in Glasgow took three hours to find Campbell guilty unanimously, following a nine-day trial. He apparently showed no emotion as the verdict was read out.
Prosecutor Iain McSporran QC, told the court the loss of a child would be hard to bear in any circumstance, but the “bestial manner” in which Alesha was murdered was “simply unfathomable”.