THE heartbroken mum of Alesha MacPhail says she will be haunted forever by the look on her beloved daughter’s face as she lay dead.
Georgina Lochrane, 24, said the slain six-year-old appeared “terrified and scared” when she identified her naked body.
Last picture of Alesha with mum Georgina
The harrowing ordeal left the mum of two sobbing beside cops, who had asked her to confirm a corpse found in woods was her eldest.
Recalling the agonising task, Georgina told The Scottish Sun: “I looked at her and it was as if it wasn’t my little girl lying there.
“That was a scared, terrified little girl. I could just see it. I just broke down in tears. No parent should have to go through this — to have your child murdered.”
Alesha’s killing brought her family’s world crashing down last summer.
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Georgina, of Airdrie, said she has endured mental and physical trauma and continues to suffer nightmares.
She attended all nine days of the murder trial at the High Court in Glasgow — a case described by judge Lord Matthews as “one of the most evil in the history of this court”.
She had to step outside when horrific details of the killing were revealed.
But she saw justice served when monster Aaron Campbell, 16, was convicted of abduction, rape and murder in Rothesay, Bute, on July 2.
The teen, whose identity was protected due to his age, was finally unmasked after a landmark court ruling.
Georgina — who gave birth to Alesha while the same age as the fiend —hailed her “most amazing child”.
She said: “Alesha could talk the back legs off a donkey.
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“She had the most infectious laugh and she would stop and chat to everyone.
“If she didn’t get what she wanted she would always say, ‘Why?’ She would question everything. We were so alike.”
Devoted Georgina — also mum to Courtney, four — now hopes to keep Alesha’s memory alive by setting up an organisation in her name.
She added: “I plan at some point to open a charity in respect of Alesha and it will be all voluntary based.
“My children have always been my world. I’ve been a stay-at-home mum since I was 16. My career path could wait. I wanted to raise my children then deal with my wants and needs. I always put them first.
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“Now I need to continue doing that for Courtney while keeping Alesha’s memory alive.
“I want the world to know and remember my beautiful wee girl.”
Georgina last year told of the special bond she enjoyed with Alesha, who was four weeks premature.
She said the tot “changed her life for the better” and gave her the “best six-and-a-half years of her life”.
And she revealed Courtney misses her big sister “so much” since she was killed on her summer holiday visiting her dad Robert, 26, and his family on Bute.
Georgina said: “I never knew what love was until I laid my eyes on the most loving, caring, beautiful girl. Alesha was so smiley and bubbly. She was smart and could be a drama queen just like any wee girl.
“I miss everything about her. I just can’t believe she’s never coming home.
“Her little sister talks about her every day.
“The day Alesha went to stay with her dad, they were cuddling on the couch saying they loved each other. That’s a memory I will never forget.”
Georgina pledged to “forget the hurt and pain” on what would have been Alesha’s seventh birthday last October 22.
She joined friends and family for a special bubble and balloons party at her girl’s graveside in Coatbridge.
She said at the time: “I want people to remember her how she was — and to forget about the hurt and pain. She always wanted a bubble party. She may not be here to celebrate, but we’ll make it as if she was never gone.”
Georgina, aged 16, with baby Alesha
Describing the heartbreaking celebration, she added: “This is the first birthday I haven’t spent with her.
“Today was supposed to be the best day of my life — and hers. But this is the hardest day I’ll face without her.”
The court heard Alesha was snatched by Campbell as she slept in her bed.
Gran Angela King, 47, called cops to report her missing at 6.23am.
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A Facebook appeal was launched urging locals to track her down.
But the schoolgirl’s body was discovered shortly before 9am in the grounds of the derelict Kyles Hydro Hotel.
We told how Alesha was a much-loved character on Bute and in her home town in Lanarkshire.
Both communities united in grief to condemn the depraved killing.
Rev Owain Jones, of the United Church of Bute, said it had been a “very trying time” for islanders.
He added: “There’s an air of unreality to something that’s terribly real, and nothing feels the same after it.”
And Wendy Davie, headteacher of Chapelside Primary in Airdrie, paid tribute to her former pupil.
She said: “Alesha is always in our thoughts. We will never forget her.
“The entire school — along with the wider community — came together in love and support for each other during this tragic time. We’ll continue to support one another in the months and years ahead.”
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