Alesha MacPhail murder trial hears of frantic search for the six-year-old

The family of murdered Alesha MacPhail told a trial of the frantic search for the six-year-old when they realised she was missing from her bed.

Schoolgirl Alesha was spending the start of her summer break with her father and grandparents in the house they shared on the Isle of Bute when her body was found in woodland on July 2 last year.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, denies raping and murdering her, and attempting to hide evidence. He has lodged a special defence blaming Alesha’s…
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