A woman charged with murder for killing a six-year-old girl told a court that she had nothing to do with the crime – and refused to dispute the allegation that she punished the schoolgirl with the seed of the accused to dismiss the debt.
18-year-old Toni McLachlan testified before the High Court in Glasgow when he indicted a 16-year-old boy who was accused of raping and murdering student Alesha MacPhail.
The accused, who can not be named for legal reasons, denies the allegations and has filed a special defense against Ms. McLachlan, Alesha's friend.
When asked if she had anything to do with Alesha's murder, Ms. McLachlan replied, "No."
She told the court, "I loved her to pieces."
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Alesha spent her school holidays with her father and grandparents in their shared house on the Isle of Bute.
The court heard that Ms. McLachlan and her partner were handing over the cannabis, who called her in the early hours of the morning, when Alesha was allegedly taken out of her grandparent's home, where the couple also slept.
Her body was found in the forest hours on the island after she was reported missing on July 2 last year.
When asked by defendant Brian McConnachie's lawyer, QC, Ms. McLachlan denied being jealous or threatened with Alesha.
She also denied the suggestion that she was in sexual relations with the defendants for several months between fall 2017 and early 2018.
Mr. McConnachie suggested that she call the defendant with a cigarette the night Alesha was missing. Then they went to a shed and had sex with a condom she had provided, which she denied.
He said that she then went to Alesha's room, took her to the forest where she was found, "attacked and brutalized" and "planted" the seed of the defendants out of the condom. Then she murdered her, which Ms McLachlan denies.
Earlier, Ms. McLachlan told the court that she returned the accused's call at about 6:30 am after she woke up to look for Alesha.
Call records showed that at 9am that day, he had written with two laughing crying emojis "Sorry does not matter."
The court heard that Ms. McLachlan had asked him to look for Alesha since she disappeared, and he replied, "Oh damn, I'm sure she did not go too far."
She said she first had a "bad feeling" about the call and thought it was "dubious-looking", but after the messages it went away.
When asked what it felt like to be charged with murder, Ms. McLachlan said, "Terrible, especially if there is someone you love so much.
"But she knew that I loved her, and I'm trying to keep that in mind right now."
She added that she was "sad, hurt and angry".
The court had heard that she was in an on-off relationship with Alesha's father for about two years.
The court also heard from Jorge Williams, who had found Alesha's body.
Mr. Williams, 30, from Bute, said he did not know her but was looking for a Facebook message that she had disappeared.
He found her in the forest, searched the surrounding areas, and called the police after he had not found a pulse. Later he dropped a police car and showed officials on her body.
Judge Lord Matthews praised Mr. Williams for his actions and said he was "salt of the earth".
The defendant denies raping and murdering Alesha and attempting to hide evidence.
The case continues.