ALESHA FATHER: I SOLD ACCUSED TEEN DRUGS
I used to sell him cannabis, court told
THE father of murdered schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail sold cannabis to the teen accused of killing her, a court has heard.
Robert MacPhail, 26, told the High Court in Glasgow he had done deals with the 16-year-old.
Alesha, six, was found dead in woodland in July last year on the Isle of Bute.
She had been spending a summer break with her dad and grandparents in the house they shared.
The accused, who cannot be named because of his age, denies taking her from her bed before raping and murdering her on July 2 last year.
Alesha’s father identified him in the courtroom and told the jury: “I used to sell him cannabis.”
Mr MacPhail said he had last sold him the drug a few months before Alesha’s death, but stopped after the teen’s mother told his partner, Toni McLachlan, to stop.
The court heard the deals usually took place at a bus shelter across from his mum’s house, where he then lived along with Ms McLachlan, 18.
The pair were in bed on the morning of July 2 when Alesha’s grandparents came in to say she was missing, and all four began hunting around the house and outside for her.
Mr MacPhail said he had put his daughter to bed the night before with a kids’ DVD.
“I told her I would see her in the morning, and that was the last time I saw her,” he said.
Mr MacPhail said that his relationship with Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, had broken down months after she was born.
He said he saw his daughter every second weekend and during the holidays.
Mr MacPhail said Alesha “loved” spending time on his home island, going to the beach and playing at the park.
The teenager denies taking the child from her bed before assaulting and murdering her.
He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of clothes and a knife.
The trial continues.
MURDERED: Schoolgirl Alesha