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Man pleads guilty to rape and murder of Kayleigh Haywood (15)

Alex Britton

Published 05/04/2016 | 15:34

Kayleigh Haywood
Kayleigh Haywood

A man has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a 15-year-old whose body was discovered five days after she went missing.

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Kayleigh Haywood, from Measham in Leicestershire, disappeared on November 13 after being dropped off outside Ibstock Community College.

Police discovered her body near Sence Valley Forest Park on the evening of November 18 after officers were drafted in from across the region to help with the search.

Officers were drafted in from across the region to help with the hunt for the teenager, whose body was discovered five days after she went missing on Leicestershire farmland.

Police make their way across a field in Ibstock, Leicestershire, near to where a body has been found during the search for missing Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Police make their way across a field in Ibstock, Leicestershire, near to where a body has been found during the search for missing Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Stephen Beadman, 29, of George Avenue, Ibstock, admitted the rape and murder of the teenager when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court via video-link.

Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, appeared at the same hearing via video-link and pleaded guilty to one count of sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with Kayleigh.

Flowers and tributes left outside Sence Valley Forest Park in Ibstock, Leicestershire where police found a body during the search for Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Flowers and tributes left outside Sence Valley Forest Park in Ibstock, Leicestershire where police found a body during the search for Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Both men denied one charge of false imprisonment of Kayleigh and will stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court on June 8.

Police remove a body on a stretcher from undergrowth around a lake in Ibstock, Leicestershire, where they have been searching for missing Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Police remove a body on a stretcher from undergrowth around a lake in Ibstock, Leicestershire, where they have been searching for missing Kayleigh Haywood. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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