Alesha MacPhail’s mum to sing Happy Birthday at her grave in heartbreaking vigil
Alesha MacPhail's mum said she will sing Happy Birthday at her grave each year after the seven-year-old was murdered by Aaron Campbell last year.
Georgina Lochrane spoke about the pain as she prepares to mark what would have been Alesha's eighth birthday this weekend.
The heartbroken mum said she longs to see Alesha bouncing through the house excited about her upcoming birthday – but instead will stand at her graveside playing her favourite songs and singing to her.
Georgia, 24, said: "On her birthday we will do as we did last year and go up to Alesha’s grave and just spend as long as we can up there with her.
“Last year we played one of her favourite songs, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran , and sang happy birthday to her. I had to stop because it hit me hard and this year will be the same, but we will continue to do it for her.
“This week all I have done is wish her wee beautiful face would come bouncing into the living room, most probably giving me the last minute changes to her birthday presents or asking is she’s getting a birthday cake.
“I wonder what she would have wanted this year if she was still here – no doubt something so bizarre like last year. She had her list in well before she passed and she wanted a full gymnastics set in her bedroom, the mats, poles – the lot.
“I know it’s only been a year but it honestly feels like forever since I last saw her face, heard her voice and cuddled her.
“I sit and think about how much she would have changed over the year and how grown up she would be now.”
Georgina, her partner George Horn and her daughter Courtney, five, faced the first painful birthday without Alesha just three months after her death on July 2 last year, reports the Daily Record.
She had been abducted from her bed at her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Bute, where she had been staying with her dad for the start of the summer holidays.
Alesha’s body was found nearby in woodland that morning after her grandmother reported her missing. She had been raped and murdered by warped teenager Aaron Campbell , who was just 16 at the time.
In the year that has passed the family has seen Campbell convicted of Alesha’s murder following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow in February, during which he lied on the stand and tried to pin the crime on Alesha’s dad’s girlfriend.
Campbell later confessed his crime to a psychologist and social worker and was sentenced to detention without limit of time, with a minimum sentence of 27 years to be served before he could be considered for parole.
But the family were dealt a further blow last month when his minimum prison term was slashed to 24 years following a successful appeal.
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