Alesha MacPhail’s father ‘sold cannabis to murder accused’

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Jurors in the Alesha MacPhail murder trial have heard that her father sold cannabis to the teenager accused of killing her.

Robert MacPhail, 26, admitted doing deals with the 16-year-old boy who lived on the Isle of Bute.

The teenager – who cannot be named because of his age – denies abducting, raping and murdering Alesha last July.

He has lodged a special defence claiming the crime was committed by a woman called Toni Louise McLachlan.

Alesha’s body was found in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year.

Giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr MacPhail said he last sold the drug to the 16-year-old accused a few months before Alesha was killed.

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