Boy 16 charged with rape and murder of Alesha MacPhail

A teenage boy aged 16 has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of Alesha MacPhail who was found dead on the Isle of Bute.

The 16-year-old was arrested two days after the body of Alesha was found in woodland near her grandparents’ house on the Scottish island, west of Glasgow, on Monday.

She was reported missing from her home at 6.25am that day and her body was discovered less than three hours later.

Officers have not specified how the girl – a pupil at Chapelside Primary School in Airdrie – died, but a murder investigation was launched following the results of a postmortem.

She was at the start of a three-week break when she was reported missing.

The suspect appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday.