Aaron Campbell, who murdered Alesha MacPhail, has been allegedly attacked in prison. The 20-year-old abducted, abused and killed the six-year-old from Airdrie on the Isle of Bute in 2018.

Campbell is usually detained away from other inmates due to the notoriety of his heinous crime. He was reportedly assaulted in his cell at Polmont Young Offenders Institute on Wednesday evening.

Police confirmed the incident at the Falkirk jail and revealed that a 22-year-old man had been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson told the Daily Record: “Officers were made aware around 6pm on Wednesday, June 1 of an assault within Polmont Prison.

Aaron Campbell

“A 20-year-old man was taken to Forth Valley Royal Infirmary for treatment. A 22-year-old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Campbell abducted little Alesha from her bed on July 2, 2018, before raping and murdering her.

Alesha MacPhail

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The judge presiding over Campbell’s trial, Lord Matthews, said the then-teenager had committed ‘some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court has ever heard of in decades of dealing with depravity’.

He described Campbell as a ‘cold, calculating, remorseless and dangerous individual’ and ‘completely lacking in victim empathy’. The judge took the rare action of allowing Campbell to be identified in the media despite being under the age of 18 – when such offenders are usually given anonymity until adulthood.

The killer was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 27 years, which was later reduced to 24 years on appeal. He will not be eligible for parole until he turns 40, and will be moved to an adult prison when he turns 21 next year.

The Scottish Prison Service was contacted for comment.

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