He added: Iain McSporran, prosecuting, branded the boy's defence a "pack of lies" as he yesterday urged jurors to convict him based on the "mountain of evidence". To be faced with the death of a little girl in such a cold and cruel way was extremely difficult for everyone. Alongside an adorable photo of the girl, Angela wrote: Avil Lax, 67, said she could hear Toni getting "beaten up" over a "good few months" - and claimed she once heard her screaming "help, someone help". I will miss you forever.
Giving evidence, Toni sobbed as she told the court she "loved Alesha to pieces" as she was forced to deny having anything to do with her murder.
Her year-old killer, who legally can't be named, callously tried pinning the brutal murder on Toni McLachlan - the girlfriend of Alesha's dad. Alesha's mutilated and naked body was found in woods on the Isle of Bute hours later after her devastated family woke up to find she was missing. The day after the grisly discovery was made, the killer's iPhone was used to Google "how do police find DNA". The MacPhail family statement today.
A "shadowy figure" was later captured on CCTV carrying a mystery object - believed to be Alesha - across the shoreline at Rothesay on the night she vanished.