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


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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