Grieving Alesha MacPhail's father smashed car owned by killer's family

Grieving father of murdered schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail is fined £380 after he drunkenly smashed window of car owned by family of man who brutally raped and killed his daughter in 2018

  • Aaron Campbell, 20, was sentenced to 27 years for murder of Alesha MacPhail
  • Last week a court heard Alesha’s father Robert had vandalised a car in grief
  • He smashed a motor’s vehicle belonging to the family of Campbell in July 

The grief-stricken father of murdered schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail was fined for vandalising a car belonging to the killer’s family after being overwhelmed with ‘anger and trauma’.

Alesha, aged six, was raped and murdered in July 2018 on the Isle of Bute by depraved Aaron Campbell, then aged 16.

He was reported to police by his own mother and told lies all the way through a trial before being sentenced to a minimum of 24 years.

A court heard last week Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail was drunk and overcome by grief when he smashed a car window as he passed the Campbell family home on July 25, 2021 on the way to a friend’s house in Rothesay.

Last week a court heard Alesha MacPhail’s father Robert had vandalised a car in grief

Aaron Campbell, then aged 16, snatched Alesha MacPhail’s from her bed before raping and murdering her, leaving her with 117 injuries, in the grounds of a derelict hotel

He lobbed a rock at a car belonging to Janette Campbell, smashing it’s window, and shouted and swore.

The heartbroken dad was ‘overcome by an overwhelming sense of anger and trauma’, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.

The court was told his actions were not premeditated, and MacPhail admitted vandalism and a charge of shouting and swearing.

Sheriff Michael Higgins said: ‘Whilst I take on board the mitigating factors and all that has been said, it is, of course, conduct that the court cannot condone.’

Aaron Campbell, 17, who was convicted of raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

The court heard how Mr MacPhail lost control of his emotions following a drinking session and vandalised the car as he walked to a pal’s house.

Defending, Gerry Keenan, told a previous hearing: ‘It is difficult to envisage something that would engender greater unhappiness than the death of a child, and the way in which the child died.

‘Mr MacPhail did not seek out the complainer.

‘As he passed the house he saw items of masonry and he was overcome by an overwhelming sense of anger and trauma.

‘His behaviour reflected that anger and trauma.’

MacPhail was fined £380.

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