Girlfriend of Alesha MacPhail’s father denies killing the six-year-old

A woman blamed for the death of Alesha MacPhail by the teenager accused of murdering the schoolgirl has told a court she had nothing to do with the crime.

Toni McLachlan, 18, the girlfriend of Alesha’s father, was giving evidence at the trial of a 16-year-old boy who denies abducting, raping and murdering the six-year-old on the Isle of Bute last July. He has lodged a special defence, blaming Ms McLachlan.

At the High Court in Glasgow she denied having anything to do with the girl’s death and said she “loved her to pieces”.

She also rejected a suggestion that she had sex with the teenager on the night Alesha went missing, before killing the schoolgirl and planting the boy’s DNA at the scene.

The court heard earlier that Ms McLachlan and her boyfriend, Robert MacPhail, 26, had previously dealt cannabis to the boy, who cannot be named because of his age.


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