Scotland's papers: Alesha killer Aaron Campbell gets 27 years

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image captionAn image of child killer Aaron Campbell dominates Scotland's front pages after he admitted raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. The Scottish Sun reports Campbell said he had a "moment of opportunity" to carry out the crime while Alesha slept.
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image captionWhile the Scottish Daily Mail leads with how Campbell "smiled" while he was given a 27-year sentence by Lord Matthews. The paper also reports Campbell smiled at Alesha's family as he was led away.
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image captionCampbell's confession came from interviews with social workers and psychologists which were heard at a sentencing hearing on Thursday, reports the Scottish Daily Express.
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image captionThe Daily Record leads with comments from the mother of Alesha, Georgina Lochrane, following Campbell's sentencing.
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image captionAnd the Daily Star of Scotland leads with Lord Matthews' comments as he gave Campbell 27 years in prison. Lord Matthews said Campbell's crime had caused "revulsion and disbelief", adding he was a "cold, callous, calculating, remorseless and dangerous individual".
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image captionMeanwhile The National reports that Nicola Sturgeon could deliver an update on the timetable for a second independence referendum in the "next few days", after she made the remarks during First Minister's Questions.
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image captionMany of Friday's papers lead with Brexit again - although when some went to print, EU leaders were still locked in discussions over the UK's request to postpone the leaving date beyond 29 March. The i, however, was among those who waited until after the talks. The paper reports on the EU agreeing to extend Brexit either until 22 May if Theresa May's deal is agreed in the next few weeks, or until 12 April if not.
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image captionThe Telegraph reports that Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee made up of Conservative backbench MPs, visited Theresa May on Monday to tell her that many of his colleagues want her to stand down.
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image captionThe Scotsman reports that EU leaders challenged Theresa May on her assurances that she can get MPs to agree on her Brexit deal this week.
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image captionFor the Times, the EU's decision to grant a Brexit delay - after almost seven hours of talks - is a "three-week lifeline" to Mrs May to come up with an alternative Brexit plan if her deal is not approved by MPs. The paper says that one EU leader told their aides that Mrs May seemed "evasive, had no plan and even seemed confused" during the discussion. Meanwhile, back in London, the PM "faced a full-scale revolt from her own party" after her speech blaming MPs on Wednesday night, the paper says.
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image captionThe Herald also leads with the Brexit extension, highlighting how 1.9m people have signed a petition calling to scrap the withdrawal deal altogether. The paper also looks at how tens of thousands of children could face poverty in the next five years if trends continue, according to a government report.
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image captionThe Courier leads with a story on Fife Council's plans to increase costs for funerals by 8% over each of the next three years to help pay for repairs to deteriorating gravestones.
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image captionAnd the north east edition of The Press & Journal leads with a pensioner who has gone on trial for alleged sexual assaults at care homes across Aberdeen.

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