Boy, 16, in court charged with raping and murdering Alesha MacPhail, 6, after 'abducting her from bed at knifepoint'

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing Alesha MacPhail after allegedly abducting her from bed at knifepoint.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have dumped his clothes and the blade and showered the blood from his body in an attempt to cover up the crime.

He appeared at the High Court in Glasgow today following the death of Alesha in Rothesay, Bute in July this year.

Brian McConnachie QC, representing the accused, told the court: "He pleads not guilty to both charges on this indictment."

Alesha's mother Georgina Lochrane, from Airdrie, who is a witness in the case, was given special permission by judge Lady Rae to be present in court to see the proceedings against the teenager accused of murdering her daughter.

A trial has now been set for February 4 and is expected to last two weeks.

Charge one on the indictment claims the teen entered a house in Ardbeg Road in Rothesay armed with a knife.

It claims he "removed her from her bed, detained her against her will and carried her to the site of the former Kyles Hydropathic Hotel, remove her clothing, shake her violently, place your hands over her nose and mouth and around her neck and apply pressure to her face and neck."

The papers claim he then raped and murdered her.

He is also accused of disposing the knife and his clothing on the shore at Rothesay.

Alesha was a pupil at Chapelside Primary School in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, where she had just finished P2.

At her funeral in July, her uncle Calum MacPhail said: "She had a great amount of love for absolutely everyone. She was the brightest thing."

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