The transfer of ALESHA MacPhail’s killer, Aaron Campbell, to an adult prison has been halted – after prison officials discovered a relative of the murdered six-year-old was being held there.
The 21-year-old fiend was set to relocate to Glenochil Nick, near Alloa, until the revelation sparked fears for his safety.
An insider said: “The bosses had to put a stop to it.”
The move to an adult prison was halted at 11 hours when “final checks” revealed risks to his security, it was revealed last night.
Prison bosses hit the brakes after learning a family member of Campbell’s six-year victim, Alesha McPhail, was serving a sentence at the same prison.
The revelation dashed months of preparations leading up to the fiend’s 21st birthday to see him join Alloas tough Nick from Stirlingshire’s Polmont Young Offenders Institution.
Campbell – one of the country’s most despised inmates – was 16 when he raped and killed schoolgirl Alesha after snatching her from her bed while she was visiting her grandparents and father in Bute in July 2018.
A source told The Scottish Sun how alarmed prison officials were to learn that a relative of the Airdrie boy had been jailed at Glenochil since 2017.
The insider said: “He was supposed to be transferred to Glenochil but some final checks revealed a member of Alesha’s family was staying there.
“It wouldn’t be safe to have them in the same nick.
“The bosses now had to make a decision and put an end to every step.”
Campbell will now remain in Polmont until a suitable prison is found for him.
The source added: “Who knows how long this will take.
“Meanwhile, he still goes to the gym every day to keep up because he knows that wherever he goes, he won’t get a warm welcome.”
Last month, we revealed the monster was looking to “bulk up” at Polmont’s gym for fear of being targeted by adult lags after his move.
We also told how psychiatrists from Glenochil spoke to him in Polmont.
In June last year, Campbell was hospitalized after being abused by young inmates in his cell at the juvenile detention center.
The grinning brute served a minimum of 27 years in prison – the sentence was reduced to 24 on appeal – after being found guilty of Alesha’s murder in February 2019 after a harrowing trial in Glasgow’s High Court.
He later confessed to social workers, telling them he had to “shut his mouth” during the case to keep from laughing.
Judge Lord Matthews described the beast as “cold, calculating, ruthless and dangerous”.
On July 2, Alesha’s mother shared her sadness at the fifth anniversary of her “beautiful” daughter’s death.
Georgina Lochrane, 27, wrote on the charity page Alesha’s Beaming Smile: “Five awful, heartbreaking years without you.”
Last night a spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “We do not comment on individuals.”
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