DNA of boy, 16, accused of raping and killing Alesha MacPhail 'found on 14 different parts of her body'February 19, 2019
Forensic Scientist Stuart Bailey said DNA from the defendant was found across different parts of her body.
Mr Bailey was a witness at the trial in Glasgow’s High Court this morning.
He had been tasked with checking for DNA clues in the area where Alesha was found dead as well as checking her remains for any DNA particles.
He told the court he also found matches of the accused’s DNA on 14 different parts of Alesha’s body including intimate areas and her neck, face and ankles.
DNA was also found on Alesha’s shorts, pants and vest.
Mr Bailey said “traces of semen attributable to the accused were found” on the six-year-old’s body after investigations.
It comes after the court was told that the accused googled “how do police find DNA” hours after her body was found.
The search was made on the mobile less than 24 hours after the grim discovery, it was claimed.
The 16-year-old denies her abduction, rape and murder, and trying to cover up the crime.
The teen, who cannot be named because of his age, blamed the girlfriend of Alesha’s dad, Robert MacPhail, for her death – and claimed the pair slept together.
But Toni-Louise McLachlan denied having sex with the lad two years ago and on the night Alesha vanished.
Alesha was reported missing from her grandparents’ home in Rothesay, Bute, at 6.23am. She was found dead in nearby woods at around 9am.
The trial continues.
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