The teenage boy on trial for the abduction and murder of a six-year-old girl is in court today.

The body of Alesha MacPhail was discovered in woodland on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, on July 2 last year.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has lodged a special defence of incrimination, stating a named woman called Toni Louise McLachlan committed the crime.

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow heard the child’s naked body was found in the grounds of the former Kyles Hydropathic Hotel at Port Bannatyne.

A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death as “pressure to neck and face”.

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