AARON Campbell has been named as the teenage monster who kidnapped, raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.
The 16-year-old, who has been described as a serial killer in the making, carried out the depraved and senseless crime on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, last July.
PA:Press Association Aaron Campbell has been named as the killer of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail
Who is Aaron Campbell?
Former friends of the killer have revealed how he was obsessed with violent video games and even killed and skinned cats.
It has also emerged he allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl and showed off explicit pictures to his friends before the murder.
The sicko – whose girlfriend is standing by him – is understood to have tortured two cats on Bute three years ago before burying them in his back garden.
An ex-pal told The Scottish Sun: “He was supposedly doing voodoo stuff. I was worried when I heard.
“I never asked him about it. I just thought it was weird. But now I could believe it.”
Locals also claim he held another little girl’s head under the water at a local swimming pool so long she feared she would drown.
Insiders close to the case said the lad has no remorse for his depraved crime.
The Sun revealed how the lad had a twisted fascination with Slender Man, a faceless film monster that abducts kids.
A source said: “He was obsessed with gore and violence, and he was hooked on Slender Man. But he has turned this fantasy into a horrific reality.”
His defence lawyer said that Campbell had a history of self harm, depression and anxiety.
Some investigators have claimed Campbell lacked empathy and was a serial killer in the making who would have struck again.
A source said: “His dad told close friends years ago his son has no empathy. He doesn’t have feelings for anyone else.
“He was carrying a knife from first year and his mum had to go to school daily for a report on what he’d been up to.”
The twisted teen, who would lock himself away for hours playing computer games such as Fortnite, had ambitions of studying engineering at university.
His mum said her evil son was “addicted” to gaming.
She said: “He would lock himself away until about 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. He’d be up all night on that computer and sleep all day.”
Alesha was raped and killed by the 16-year-old last July after being snatched from her father’s home on the Isle of Bute
Alesha MacPhail – Background to abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old girl by teenager on Isle of Bute
What happened to Alesha MacPhail?
Little Alesha, six, was staying with her dad and grandparents on the Isle of Bute when Campbell snatched her from her bed last July.
The schoolgirl suffered “catastrophic” sexual injuries after being raped and strangled by the maniac.
Jurors at the High Court in Glasgow found the beast guilty, the killer – drunk from a house party – stole a knife from his mum’s kitchen and entered the home where he swiped Alesha from her bed.
A “shadowy figure” was later captured on CCTV carrying a mystery object – believed to be Alesha – across the shoreline at Rothesay on the night she vanished.
Once at the site of a former hotel, Campbell removed the girl’s clothes and shook her “violently” as he covered her nose, mouth and neck with his hands.
Alesha, who was just 3ft 9ins tall, suffered 117 injuries and died from “forceful pressure to her neck and face”.
Judge Lord Matthews who presided over the case told the 16-year-old rapist the case was “one of the wickedest and most evil crimes in the history of this court”.
How was Campbell convicted?
“Billion-to-one” DNA samples matching the boy were found on 14 different parts of Alesha’s body – including intimate areas and her neck, face and ankles.
DNA was also discovered on Alesha’s shorts, pants and vest, with forensic scientist Stuart Bailey saying “traces of semen attributable to the accused” were present.
A fibre from boxing shorts later found on Rothesay beach was also discovered on Alesha’s pants, as well as fibres from jogging bottoms also ditched by the killer.
Alesha’s mutilated and naked body was found in woods on the Isle of Bute hours later after her devastated family woke up to find she was missing.
Campbell will be sentenced on March 21 pending a psychological report regarding the teen’s mental state.
His name will be put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Why was his right to anonymity removed?
Campbell was revealed as the 16-year-old killer on February 22, 2019, after a judge ruled in favour of a campaign led by the Scottish Sun to remove his right to anonymity.
Under Scots law a convicted criminal cannot be identified until they turn 18.
But such was the severity of the crime, a judge has today ruled that the evil killer can be unmasked.
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Lord Matthews said: “Parliament has provided the court with a discretion to dispense with the prohibition.”
He went on: “I can’t think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion.
“I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him.”
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