DNA matching boy, 16, accused of Alesha MacPhail murder ‘was found on 14 different areas of the six-year-old’s body’ as he tells court he had sex with the girlfriend

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  • Boy, 16, accused of killing six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on Isle of Bute last July 
  • Alesha was found naked lying face down in woodland near abandoned hotel 
  • Teenager denies murder, rape, child abduction and defeating ends of justice
  • Boy claims semen was ‘planted’ with a condom and scientist says it is ‘possible’
Alesha MacPhail was found naked lying face down in woodland near an abandoned hotel
Alesha MacPhail was found naked lying face down in woodland near an abandoned hotel

Traces of semen from a 16-year-old boy accused of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl were discovered on her body, a court heard today.

The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, denies raping and murdering Alesha MacPhail, as well as charges of child abduction and defeating the ends of justice at Glasgow High Court.

He claims the semen was ‘planted’ with a condom, and the court heard from an expert today that this was ‘possible’.

Forensic scientist Stuart Bailey said he was employed to examine the girl’s remains for DNA, and look for evidence in the area where she was found.

Later during the hearing, Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail walked out of court as the teen accused of killing his daughter claimed to have been having sex with his girlfriend ‘once or twice a week’.

The 16-year-old boy took to the witness stand to claim he had a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship with Toni McLachlan, 18, which Mr MacPhail knew nothing about.

The accused said he was having regular sexual relations with Ms McLachlin near the end of 2017, and that the night of the abduction they had sex in a garage.

He claims that Ms McLachlan was the one to murder Alesha, and had used a condom discarded on the night of her abduction to plant DNA evidence.

Asked by his defence lawyer if he ejaculated he claimed he did and when asked what they done with the condom, the boy said: ‘Just chucked it on the floor.’ 

Mr MacPhail walked out of the courtroom at the High Court in Glasgow when the allegations were made. 

Alesha (left) with Mr MacPhail (centre) and his girlfriend Toni Louise McLachlan (shown right)
Alesha (left) with Mr MacPhail (centre) and his girlfriend Toni Louise McLachlan (shown right)
Alesha's mother Georgina Lochrane
Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane
Alesha's father Robert MacPhail
Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail

The accused told the court that after having sex he and Ms McLachlan chatted for a while and that afterwards he went home and had a shower.

He said he then realised he did not have his phone and went outside to look for it, but it was too dark so he came back to get a torch and shoes.

He went out again and managed to find it then came home and went to bed.

In the morning he woke to see that Ms McLachlan had phoned him at around 6.30am and he replied saying ‘sorry it doesn’t matter’, saying he said that ‘for Rab’s benefit’ to make it look as though he and Ms McLachlan had not spoken.

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