Aaron Campbell has been granted an appeal against his sentence for murdering Alesha MacPhail.

The 16-year-old was sentenced to 27 years after being convicted of killing the six-year-old schoolgirl on the Isle of Bute in July 2018. 

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He denied the charges during his trial but admitted the offence during sentencing. 

He was given a life sentence and ordered to spend 27-years in jail. 

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A spokesman from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed that an appeal had been granted for Campbell, which will be heard by three judges in Edinburgh later this year on August 7.

Alesha MacPhail's body was found in woodland on the Isle of Bute hours after she was reported missing on July 2.