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Killer of Kayleigh, 15, found guilty of holding her prisoner before her death

Published 27/06/2016

Kayleigh, 15, was held prisoner before her death
Kayleigh, 15, was held prisoner before her death

The killer of teenage schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood has been found guilty of holding her prisoner in the hours before her murder.

Stephen Beadman had denied falsely imprisoning 15-year-old Kayleigh at a house in Ibstock, Leicestershire, during a six-hour period before she was raped and killed on farmland last November.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court is still considering a charge of false imprisonment against Beadman's neighbour, Luke Harlow, who claims he was asleep when Kayleigh left his home.

A two-week trial has heard that Kayleigh fled partially-clothed from Harlow's home in George Avenue, Ibstock, in the early hours but was pinned to the ground by Beadman, who then killed her and dumped her body in a hedgerow.

Beadman, a 29-year-old landscape gardener who lives at a separate address in George Avenue, admitted rape and murder before the start of his trial.

A jury of six men and five women deliberated for around four hours before unanimously convicting Beadman, who declined to give evidence during the trial.

But jurors have yet to reach a verdict on Harlow and will resume their discussions relating to the 28-year-old former warehouse worker on Tuesday.

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