Killer of schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood dies while serving life term

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A killer who raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl in Leicestershire in 2015 has died while serving a life sentence.

Landscape gardener Stephen Beadman was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years in 2016 after pleading guilty to murdering Kayleigh Haywood.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed the death of 34-year-old Beadman, who was being held at HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire.

Kayleigh Haywood
Kayleigh Haywood (Leicestershire Police/PA)

The then 29-year-old was also found guilty of falsely imprisoning Kayleigh, along with online groomer Luke Harlow, his 28-year-old neighbour, who was jailed for 12 years.

The body of Kayleigh, from Measham, was found three days after her death, hidden in a hedgerow near a stream, after a police search involving more than 300 officers.

The teenager had been lured to Harlow’s flat in George Avenue, Ibstock, before she was attacked by Beadman.

Kayleigh Haywood search
Police search a field for Kayleigh Haywood (Joe Giddens/PA)

During the hearing, Harlow’s barrister described Beadman, whose computers contained child abuse images and extreme pornography, as “the monster that lived next door”.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Wakefield prisoner Stephen Beadman died in hospital on April 8. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

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