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Alesha MacPhail killer appeals against 27-year sentence

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Aaron Campbell was convicted of murdering and raping six-year-old on Isle of ButeThe lawyer of Aaron Campbell, the teenager convicted of the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail, has argued that his sentencing last March to a minimum terms of 27 years was “excessive and amounted to a miscarriage of justice”.Defence QC, Brian McConnachie, who represented Campbell during his trial in February, told three appeal court judges in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning that the killing of the schoolgirl on the Isle of Bute last July was “an appalling and heinous crime”.

He insisted that the outcome of the appeal would not determine “when or indeed if the appellant is ever released”. That would be a matter for the parole board, said McConnachie, and the appellant accepted that day may never come. Continue reading…

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Author : Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

Publish date : 2019-08-07 13:35:32

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