July 1, 2016

Kayleigh Haywood murder

BEADMAN

A former landscape gardener has today been jailed for life – for a minimum 35 years – after raping a 15-year-old girl before brutally murdering her in a secluded field.

Stephen Beadman killed Kayleigh Haywood after she was groomed online by his neighbour Luke Harlow – who himself got 12 years for the part he played in the crime.

The killer raped the schoolgirl in a park before marching her barefoot to a secluded field where he murdered her.

Tragic Kayleigh is believed to have used a brick and then her fingernails in a bid to escape Beadman’s clutches.

Beadman was left covered in cuts and scratches by his schoolgirl victim as she fought desperately for her life.

However, the 29-year-old overpowered the teenager and left her body in farmland in Leicestershire.

Kayleigh was found three days after being reported missing by her family.

Today, at Nottingham Crown Court, Beadman was jailed for life.

He will serve a minimum 15 years for rape – and 35 years minimum for murder.

Harlow was also sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Beadman, 29, had already admitted raping Kayleigh in a park before marching her barefoot to the secluded field where he murdered her.

Harlow had pleaded guilty to grooming and sexually assaulting Kayleigh.

Both were found also guilty of imprisoning the 15-year-old in the hours before her death.

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Beadman will serve a minimum of 35 years and Harlow at least 12 years.

It should be pointed out that a parole board will decide whether they can be safely released at those points.

Both will be subject to restrictions for the rest of their lives, for the sake of the public.

Nottingham Crown Court: The Kayleigh Haywood murder trial in full below

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Stephen Beadman is on trial for the false imprisonment of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood of Measham.

The 29-year-old defendant, of George Avenue, Ibstock, has already admitted raping and murdering the teenager.

His next-door neighbour Luke Harlow, (27) has also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Kayleigh in the hours before her murder in November last year.

He has already admitted grooming Kayleigh online and two counts of sexual activity with her.

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Pictured: Stephen Beadman, 29, (left) & Luke Harlow, 27

Tuesday 28 June, 2016

Jury finds second man guilty of false imprisonment

Luke Harlow

Luke Harlow (left) pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child while Stephen Beadman admitted rape and murder

A man who groomed a 15-year-old girl who was later raped and murdered has been found guilty of false imprisonment.

Luke Harlow, 28, of Ibstock, Leicestershire, admitted grooming and sexually touching Kayleigh Haywood but denied the imprisonment charge.

There were gasps and tears in the public gallery when the guilty verdict against Harlow was returned.

There was no reaction from Harlow.

Stephen Beadman, 29, who admitted raping and murdering Kayleigh, was found guilty of imprisonment on Monday.

Both men are to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

Kayleigh’s body was found in a field, five days after she was last seen outside Ibstock Community College.

Her family thought she was joining friends but was actually meeting Harlow, who had been grooming her through social media and text messages.

Kayleigh, from Measham, was given “substantial amounts of alcohol” and “sexually touched” by Harlow, according to the prosecution, on that Friday evening.

The following day, Beadman arrived at the flat and the jury agreed Kayleigh was kept prisoner by both men between about 21:00 BST and 03:00 the next morning.

Monday 27, June 2016

Beadman GUILTY of false imprisonment, no verdict on Harlow

Stephen Beadman, who killed and raped schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, has also been found guilty of falsely imprisoning her.

It was a unanimous finding by the jury. There was a restrained cheer from the public gallery

The jury has not yet reached a verdict on whether the killer’s next door neighbour, Luke Harlow, falsely imprisoned the teenager.

Deliberations will continue tomorrow at Nottingham Crown Court. Sentencing expected on Friday for Beadman

Both men were accused of the false imprisonment of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood of Measham some time between November 14 last year and the following morning, when she was raped and murdered by Beadman (29) of George Avenue, Ibstock.

Harlow (27) has admitted grooming Kayleigh online and two counts of sexual activity with her, as well as attempting to meet two other under-age girls for sexual activity after grooming them online.

Kayleigh’s body was found on farmland near Sence Valley Forest Park, Ibstock, on November 18, five days after she had gone missing from her home in Measham

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Defence urge jurors to acquit men accused of imprisoning Kayleigh Haywood

Barristers for the men accused of holding Kayleigh Haywood against her will have urged the jury to find them not guilty.

Antony Metzer, representing Stephen Beadman, conceded his client had committed “terrible crimes” while Gary Bell, representing Luke Harlow, described his client as a “pathetic social misfit” and a “serial groomer of young girls”.

But at Nottingham Crown Court today both lawyers said the jurors needed to believe there was no reasonable doubt before returning a guilty verdict.

Next-door neighbours Harlow (28) and Beadman (29) are accused of holding the 15-year-old Measham schoolgirl against her will in Harlow’s home in George Avenue, Ibstock, for some time before she fled the house half-naked in the early hours of November 15 last year.

Harlow has admitted grooming three girls, including Kayleigh, and “sexual activity” against her before her death, while Beadman has admitted raping and killing Kayleigh.

But both men have denied the wrongful imprisonment charge.

Mr Metzer told the jury: “I know and trust you will set your emotions aside.

“When you have focussed on the evidence you will find the right verdict is not guilty.

“The Crown has relied on circumstantial evidence in this case.”

He told the jurors their “thirst for vengeance” on behalf of Kayleigh’s family would be “wholly understandable” but “not appropriate” for them.

In his closing speech, Mr Bell said: “You will not want to find him not guilty but you should put aside your feelings and take a clear, cool and clinical look at the evidence.

“You don’t like Luke Harlow. You find the actions of Luke Harlow disgusting, revolting, and have heard read out messages between him and young girls that have made you gasp and wince.

“You may have formed the impression that he’s rather pathetic. A social misfit, a serial groomer of young girls from his grubby flat.

“Every fibre of your being will want to find Luke Harlow guilty – probably of anything he’s charged with.

“But you have the moral high ground to say, ‘we know what you are but we’re giving you a fair trial based on the evidence’.”

The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Thursday, following the summing up of the case by the judge, Mrs Justice Cox.

Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Kayleigh Haywood killer offers no evidence on false imprisonment charge

The killer of schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood has opted not to give evidence to a jury trying him on a charge of false imprisonment.

Landscape gardener Stephen Beadman’s defence case lasted less than a minute as his QC told jurors at Nottingham Crown Court that he was calling no evidence on his client’s behalf.

Beadman and his neighbour Luke Harlow, both of George Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire, deny holding 15-year-old Kayleigh captive during a six-hour period spanning the evening of Saturday November 14 and the early hours of Sunday November 15 last year.

The jury of six men and five women was told Beadman, 29, had been advised by his barrister that they may “draw such inferences as appear proper” in relation to his failure to give evidence.

Harlow, 28, told jurors on Monday that he was asleep at his home when Kayleigh left his property and woke to find her missing on the morning of November 15.

In a police interview read to the court last week, Beadman told detectives he “switched” after drinking shots, before attacking Kayleigh with a brick.

The two-week trial has been told that Beadman – who has admitted rape and murder – killed Kayleigh on farmland after she “escaped” from Harlow’s housing association property.

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdicts on Thursday.

Monday 20 June, 2016

Man who groomed Kayleigh Haywood denies attempted sexual assault

One of two men accused of holding 15-year-old schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood prisoner before she was murdered has denied trying to sexually assault her while she was asleep at his home.

Luke Harlow told a jury that the allegation and a claim that the attempted assault prompted Kayleigh to flee partially clothed into the street were “complete lies” put forward by her killer.

Harlow, 28, has admitted grooming Kayleigh online and engaging in unlawful sexual activity with her, but claims he “nodded off” in the hours before she left his house in Ibstock, Leicestershire.

A trial at Nottingham crown court has heard that Kayleigh was raped and killed by landscape gardener Stephen Beadman after she “escaped” from Harlow’s home in the early hours of Sunday 15 November last year.

Beadman, 29, has admitted rape and murder but he and Harlow deny falsely imprisoning Kayleigh from around 9pm on Saturday 14 November.

Giving evidence on the eighth day of his trial, Harlow was asked a series of questions by Beadman’s barrister, Anthony Metzer QC.

Asserting that Harlow had tried to rape Kayleigh while she was asleep, Metzer asked him: “What I suggest happened is that you and Mr Beadman had a fierce argument because Mr Beadman was trying to stop this happening.”

Harlow answered: “That is one of Mr Beadman’s many lies.” He went on to deny that he had punched Beadman in the stomach.

Metzer claimed that the row, lasting between 30 and 40 minutes, woke Kayleigh up; she was informed what it was about and then wanted to leave. Harlow responded: “All of that’s complete lies. I wasn’t awake.”

Responding to questions from his own counsel, Gary Bell QC, the former warehouse and call-centre worker told the court he was ashamed of grooming Kayleigh and had been “stupid and irresponsible”.

Asked how well he knew Beadman, Harlow replied: “Not that well. We grew up on the same council estate.”

Bell then asked Harlow if he had thought Beadman was capable of carrying out the “terrible” offences committed against Kayleigh. “No, not at all,” Harlow said. “I would never have let him in my house if I thought he was anything like that.”

Both he and Beadman were “quite drunk” on the night Kayleigh was killed, Harlow said, adding that his evening ended when he went to sleep on a mattress in his lounge. The following morning, Harlow told the jury, he woke to find Kayleigh had gone and walked to Beadman’s home to see if she was there.

Explaining why he had not immediately contacted the police, Harlow told jurors: “I didn’t think anything bad would have happened to her. I just thought she would be back at some point to pick her stuff up.”

Jurors have been told that an arm on Harlow’s glasses was found to be broken when he was contacted by police who were attempting to trace Kayleigh, whose body was found on 18 November. Officers also noted that he had a bruised knee, a small injury to the side of his eye and a “finger print” grip mark on his arm.

Explaining the knee injury, Harlow told the jury: “I fell over on the Friday night when I got out of bed to get a drink. I basically tripped and scraped my knee.”

Of the bruises to his arm, the defendant added: “They had been there a few days. I think it was when I was round at one of my friends and we was messing about, just pratting about.”

Harlow will continue giving evidence on Tuesday.

Friday 17 June 2016

The killer of a 15-year-old schoolgirl accessed a betting website and conducted a Google search for “lime pit” hours after dumping her body in a hedgerow, a court has heard.

Stephen Beadman is also alleged to have watched a TV show on a computer found at his home shortly after he raped and murdered Kayleigh Haywood in November last year.

A jury has heard that Beadman, a landscape gardener, told detectives he “switched” and attacked Kayleigh with a brick near Ibstock, Leicestershire, after drinking shots of vodka mixed with rum.

The 29-year-old has pleaded guilty to charges of murder and rape but denies holding Kayleigh prisoner at the home of his neighbour, Luke Harlow, between around 9pm on Saturday November 14 and 3am on Sunday November 15 last year.

On the seventh day of a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, Detective Constable Andrew Spence said analysis of a computer found at Beadman’s address showed it had been used between 11.45am and 5.40pm on November 15.

Mr Spence said Beadman, of George Avenue, Ibstock, was seen at around 11.05am walking back towards his home from the area where Kayleigh’s body was found.

The officer told the court that at 11.45am Beadman’s computer accessed a website called Putlocker, an online video site, and a minute later was used to visit a gambling firm’s webpage.

Answering questions from Crown QC Miranda Moore, Mr Spence said it was possible that a TV show was running in the background on the computer when a Google search for the term “lime pit” was carried out at 11.54am.

Further use of the computer before Beadman’s arrest in the early hours of November 16 saw it access Harlow’s Facebook profile and that of Kayleigh, the court heard.

Harlow also denies the false imprisonment of Kayleigh, who was seen being pinned to the ground by Beadman on a footpath in Ibstock in the early hours of November 15.

The prosecution alleges that Kayleigh was held captive against her will inside Harlow’s house in George Avenue after being groomed by the then 26-year-old on Facebook.

Court transcript

10:51  Jury returns to court for remainder of the prosecution case

The case against Beadman and Harlow continues this morning.

Further messages between Harlow and Kayleigh are being read out to the jury.

10:57  Harlow asked Kayleigh about previous sexual experience

In their messages before they met, Harlow sent messages to Kayleigh saying he wished she was in bed with him.

He also asked if she was a virgin and she replied that she was.

11:06  Harlow offered to buy Kayleigh a gift and said he loved her

More messages are being read to the jury including one from Harlow to Kayleigh that read: “I’ll buy you a present ’cause I love you”.

Other messages the same day – November 3 last year – included: “I’m getting you really drunk this weekend. Can I do  whatever I want?”

Another read: “Wish you were here. I’d do naughty things to you all night.”

The following day he sent more messages describing sexual acts he wanted to do with Kayleigh.

11:13  Harlow told Kayleigh she had to support Leicester City because he did

In a later conversation Harlow asked Kayleigh if she supported a football team. When she said she didn’t, Harlow told her he was a Leicester City fan and that she should be too.

He said: “You support Leicester now, okay?”

He later added: “If I buy you a Leicester shirt will you wear it?”

The jury has also heard that unemployed Harlow had been taking a college course to try to get a customer service job in Ashby.

11:33  Harlow called Kayleigh “my future wife”

In further texts before they met Harlow referred to Kayleigh as his “future wife” and talked about having sex with her.

In the conversations Harlow asked Kayleigh which of her friends knew she was planning to visit him in Ibstock.

He added: “Don’t tell anyone else, please, it’s just easier that way.”

11:46  Kayleigh’s close friend tried to warn her about Harlow

Messages between Harlow and Kayleigh reveal that her schoolfriend – the same one she pretended she was staying with when she went to Harlow’s house – warned her about Harlow.

Kayleigh revealed that her friend had told her he didn’t really care about her.

Kayleigh told Harlow: “She doesn’t want me to have anyone.”

The schoolfriend tried to become a friend with Harlow on Facebook but Kayleigh warned him she was only doing it to “try to split us up”.

11:57  Harlow was worried about getting into trouble over Kayleigh

The night before they met Harlow sent messages to Kayleigh about his concerns over their age difference.

Harlow, 27, said: “Babe, I really love you. It just worries me about the age range ’cause  I could get into trouble.

“I just keep thinking about it. People will think it’s bad.”

After Kayleigh tells him she still wants to meet him he replies: “Let’s keep it secret, okay?”

12:08  Harlow and Kayleigh about to meet up in final messages

The jury has heard the final messages between Kayleigh and Harlow.

On Friday, November 13, she texts him to say she is on her way to Ibstock Leisure Centre, where her father dropped her off that evening.

He says he has vodka waiting for her and they agree to meet up at the Co-op in Ibstock.

12:25  Jury asked to leave court for legal argument

Judge Mrs Justice Cox asks the jury to leave court after Beadman’s barrister, Anthony Metzer, raises a legal question.

12:51  Trial resumes

The jurors are allowed back into the court.

Detective Andy Spence is in the witness box and prosector Miranda Moore is asking him about phone records, CCTV images and other evidence recovered by police.

Till receipts recovered show that Beadman bought a £14 bottle of rum at a petrol station near his home at 10.48pm on the Saturday night he and Harlow spent with Kayleigh.

12:54  Trial breaks for lunch

The jury leaves court for the lunch break

14:14  Trial resumes after lunch

The jurors have returned to court and Detective Constable Andy Spence is in the witness box.

He is currently being cross-examined by Rebecca Herbert, for Harlow.

14:33  Police evidence challenged by Harlow’s barrister

Rebecca Herbert, defending Harlow, questions the quantity of evidence the police have that Harlow was holding Kayleigh against her will.

She asks DC Spence: “The clues that you’ve got are people who’ve heard things, the finding of clothing – there’s nothing really more that you’ve got?”

DC Spence responds that there is also mobile phone data.

14:43  Police accused of missing Kayleigh’s coat in search of Harlow’s house

Kayleigh’s coat has never been found. Miss Herbert hands DC Spence an enhanced police photograph of a grey “fleecy” item on Harlow’s sofa. 

Miss Herbert asks: “Are you confident there was a proper search at Mr Harlow’s house?” DC Spence replies that he is.

Miss Herbert states: “That fleecy item is Kayleigh’s coat.”

DC Spence responds: “No. It’s not Kayleigh’s coat. I say that with some confidence because Luke Harlow’s house was under police control from November 15 to his first appearance in court five days later.”

14:55  Detective asked about Beadman’s admissions

Anthony Metzer, representing Beadman, asks DC Spence about his client’s decision to “confess” to murder and be honest with the police.

Mr Metzer asks: “What Mr Beadman is doing, is it not, is a full admission of murder?”

DC Spence replies: “I believe that version of events is not accepted by the prosecution.”

15:05  Detective asked about “second Stephen”

Stephen Beadman said in his police interviews that he could “switch” and turn into a “second Stephen” at times.

Mr Metzer asks DC Spence whether this was down to alcohol.

DC Spence replies that he has seen the unedited transcripts of all the interviews and did not believe Stephen had said that alcohol was the switch.

He says: “I have a different insight. Mr Beadman is talking about two types of Stephen.”

15:17  Detective asked if it was rare for someone to admit murder

Mr Metzer asks DC Spence if it was a rare thing for a suspect to admit murder.

DC Spence replies: “Yes, it’s rare.”

Mr Metzer adds: “Mr Beadman has admitted not just murder but the rape. He has made admissions to serious matters.

“You’ve made the point that the evidence against him is strong but do you agree he has made very strong admissions to the criminality outlined so far.”

DC Spence replies: “What Mr Beadman said in his interview is not the prosecution’s case with relation to the murder.”

15:29  Trial ends for the day

The trial will resume at 10.45am on Monday

Thursday 16 May, 2016

10:08  Thursday’s hearing begins

The jury returns to court for what is expected to be the final day of the prosecution case against Beadman and Harlow.

The jury is hearing from more of the interviews between Harlow and police officers.

10:14  Harlow stopped answering police questions after murder arrest

During his time in custody after Kayleigh’s disappearance, but before her body was found, Harlow was formally told he was being arrested on suspicion of her murder.

At that point Harlow’s lawyer told detectives Harlow would not be answering any more questions. The lawyer read out a statement on behalf of Harlow admitting “sexual contact” with Kayleigh.

10:35  Harlow confronted about screaming and shouting

Harlow later continued answering detectives’ questions and he is told neighbours heard a loud scream at 3.15am on the day of Kayleigh’s murder, as well as the sound of men’s voices.

Harlow replied: “I would have been asleep on my matress.

“I didn’t wake up at any point during night.”

10:50  Harlow challenged over his failure to report Kayleigh missing

During an interview on November 19 last year – after Kayleigh’s body had been found in a hedge near Sence Valley Forest Park – Harlow was asked why he never called the police after finding the 15 year old was gone from his house, leaving her shoes and handbag behind.

He replied: “I didn’t know she was [missing] until I first had the police round my house.”

11:11  Harlow continues to deny any fight or sexual assault

More interviews are being read. The jury hears that Luke Harlow denied allegations by detectives that there was a scuffle in his house, that he and Beadman sexually assaulted Kayleigh together or that he witnessed any kissing or sexual activity between Beadman and Kayleigh.

11:19  Trial pauses for mid-morning break

The trial will begin again at 11.50am.

12:01  Jury returns to court to hear Beadman interviews

Copies of interviews between police and Stephen Beadman are being handed to the members of the jury.

Beadman is still not in court. He opted to be absent during the prosecution case.

12:07  Beadman told police Kayleigh was not “compos mentis”

In his first interview with police, Beadman tells detectives he only spent about four hours with Kayleigh at Harlow’s house and that she was very drunk.

He said: “I met her Saturday night at about 7.30pm, 8pm.

“I knew the girl about four hours. She was that drunk I couldn’t get much conversation out of her.

“She wasn’t compos mentis. I had a few drinks and stuff and left about twelve o’clock.”

12:17  Beadman tells police he injured face on Saturday before ever meeting Kayleigh

In the interview, conducted before he admitting killing and raping Kayleigh, Beadman goes through his movements over the weekend of Kayleigh’s murder.

He claims he was working on Saturday and that he tripped and fell into brambles.

The jury has already heard that Beadman was seen bleeding from the face on Sunday morning after he murdered Kayleigh.

12:34  Beadman was told Kayleigh was 19, he claimed

In the same interview Beadman said Harlow told him Kayleigh was 19 but she later told him she had to go to school on Monday.

He said that on Saturday Harlow claimed he had slept with Kayleigh the previous night.

Beadman added: “We were drinking and she was on her phone.

“She was trying to find me on Facebook. It got to a point she couldn’t handle the phone. She was just laughing and stuff.”

12:41  Beadman “dragged out of bed” by police

The jury has heard more about Beadman’s arrest.

He told police he had spent Sunday evening at his sister Kimberley’s house, watching television with his niece and nephew, staying the night there.

He said he went to bed and the next thing he remembered was being dragged out of it by police officers at about 3am on Monday morning.

12:50  Beadman describes state of Harlow’s house after Saturday night

In a second interview with police, Beadman described returning to Harlow’s house to pick up his keys on Sunday.

He said: “There was sick everywhere. The speakers were on the ground and cushions were everywhere.

“The rum bottles were a lot lower than they were.”

He said Kayleigh’s  bag, phone charger and some clothes were still in Harlow’s house. He said Harlow told him Kayleigh was gone and he could not remember what had happened the night before.

12:56  Trial pauses for lunch

The trial is set to continue after lunch.

14:12  Trial resumes

The jurors enter court again after lunch.

More interviews between detectives and Stephen Beadman are going to be read out to the jury.

14:20  Jury hears of Beadman’s “dark thoughts”

Beadman told detectives he was suicidal because he could not cope with life and the loss of his father.

Beadman told police: “I’ve been suffering for a long time. The dark thoughts were that I’ve had enough of life.”

He said Saturday, November 14, the day he first met Kayleigh, was the 10-year anniversary of his father’s death.

He said: “I never went to his funeral. I’ve always regretted that.

“The last thing I said to my dad was, ‘I wish you weren’t my dad. I wish you were dead’.”

14:33  Beadman described murder but initially claimed he had no memory of rape

The jury has heard Stephen Beadman’s explanation of how he got drunk, blacked out and remembers arguing with Kayleigh outdoors in the night time before killing her.

He said: “This other Steve when I have alcohol is a totally different person. I black out.

“My next memory is walking with Kayleigh in the street. I remember Kayleigh with no top on and I was shouting at her.”

He said Kayleigh hit him with a brick. He then hit her with a brick and knocked her to the ground. He then threw the brick at her head, killing her.

This version of events is also rejected by the prosecution for not fitting the evidence.

14:38  Beadman describes moments after killing Kayleigh

In his interviews with police, Beadman said he was in a state of panic after committing the murder.

He said: “I panicked and ran. I left her where she fell. I had blood on my hands.

“I washed my hands in the pond.”

14:41  Beadman claims he and Kayleigh kissed

After admitting to her murder, Beadman told officers he remembered kissing Kayleigh while he was still in Harlow’s house.

He said he, Kayleigh and Harlow had been drinking heavily and Harlow had passed out on the sofa before they kissed.

He said: “She leant forward and kissed me. The next thing I know we basically end up going outside.”

He said Harlow remained asleep and did not go outside with them.

14:51  Beadman admits to remembering raping Kayleigh

Later in the same interview Beadman told detectives he did remember raping Kayleigh.

He said:”I grabbed her hand. We went across the road and I carried on pulling her.

“She’s walking ’cause I’m shouting. I must’ve scared her.

“I grabbed her and hugged her and starting kissing her. I remember sleeping with her.”

He said he raped her on the gravel surface of the Sence Valley Forest Park car park.

15:06  Kayleigh tried to get away from Beadman after rape

He told police: “She pushed me. I fell on my arse.Giving his later version of events, Beadman said that after raping Kayleigh she pushed him over and ran away.

“She ran quite a distance. I went after her.

“When I caught up with her she chomped me with a brick. She  must have hit me a few times.”

The jury has already heard from prosecution expert witnesses who said Beadman’s injuries were not consistent with being hit with a brick.

15:10  Beadman admits to moving Kayleigh’s body

Later in the same interview Beadman confessed to deliberately putting Kayleigh’s naked body in a hedge to hide it after he killed her.

He had earlier said he left her where she fell.

But he claimed the fact he left her in the hedge rather than burying her was proof the murder was not pre-meditated.

He said: “I didn’t intend to kill her. I didn’t intend to hurt her.”

15:34  Jury given a short break

The jurors leave court for a mid-afternoon break.

15:46  The case resumes

The jury are back in court and are listening to agreed facts about forensic evidence found in Ibstock by police during their investigation.

15:55  Jury hears about mobile phone data from Kayleigh’s phone

Detective Constable Andy Spence is in the witness stand going through Kayleigh’s phone activity, including chats between Kayleigh and Harlow.

The first online conversation took place on October 31 and the final entry that day has Harlow calling Kayleigh “princess”.

Soon after he talks about having a drink with her so he can “take advantage” of her. She responds saying she wants to visit him.

16:05  Kayleigh tried to set up earlier meeting with Harlow

Online conversations obtained by police show that on November 1 – nearly two weeks before they first met face-to-face – Kayleigh offered to meet Harlow in Ashby.

They planned to get together in a park and get drunk but Kayleigh cancelled saying she was feeling ill.

16:12  Kayleigh tried to convince Harlow she was older

The jury hears messages in which Harlow asks Kayleigh, who has told him she is 19, why it says she is 15 on her Facebook page.

She claims she had forgotten to change it before admitting she was indeed 15.

Harlow then sent the message: “I’m too old for you.”

Kayleigh replied: “So, we can be mates. It’s not against the law.”

16:16  Harlow banned Kayleigh from talking to other men

In further messages Harlow tells Kayleigh he “wants kisses”.

He says: “No talking to other lads and you have to give me kisses if you want to or not.”

He later adds: “You’re my girl now.”

16:23  The trial will continue at 10.30am tomorrow

The jury is sent home for the day and the prosecution case is now expected to conclude on Friday.

Wednesday 15, June 2016

Man who groomed Kayleigh Haywood admits doing the same to two other 15-year-olds

The man who groomed Kayleigh Haywood admitted he did the same to two other 15-year-old girls, a jury has heard.

Before the trial of Stephen Beadman and Luke Harlow began, Harlow admitted sexual activity with Kayleigh, and grooming her online, while Beadman admitted the rape and murder of the Measham teenager.

During the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, prosecutor Miranda Moore told the jury about previously unreported charges that Harlow pleaded guilty to after 15-year-old Kayleigh’s death.

He admitted two charges of attempting to meet 15-year-old girls for sex after grooming them online.

The jury heard that one of the girls Harlow admitted the charges against was self-harming because of bullies.

Mrs Moore read out a message Harlow sent to the girl after she sent him a photo of her self-inflicted wounds. It stated: “Cheer up, beautiful. Wish I could give you cuddles.”

In other messages he offered to be her boyfriend and promised to treat her “like a princess”.

She said she was “not ready for a relationship yet”.

He told the other 15-year-old girl he wanted to kidnap her and keep her at his house, describing himself as “a fun kidnapper”.

He then sent messages about drinking with her and having “drunken kisses”.

In conversations with the same girl, Harlow described keeping her as a slave, telling her he wanted to keep her naked.

In one message, he said: “You can live in my wardrobe. I’ll let you out once a day for cuddles.”

Harlow continued trying to urge the girl to visit him until just days before his arrest following Kayleigh’s murder in November last year.

The jury also heard more yesterday about online chat between Harlow and a 13-year-old girl.

Members heard Harlow tried to take the girl to a pub and wanted her to move in with him.

The jury also heard Harlow asked the girl to go “round for cuddles”.

Both Harlow and Beadman have denied holding Kayleigh against her will in the hours before her death.

The trial continues.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Court adjourned – No court today

Monday 13, June 2016 – Afternoon session

14:28  Trial resumesThe jury returns to court after lunch. The first witness of the afternoon will be a pathlogist who examined Harlow after he was arrested.

14:37  Harlow had injures all over his body

Jury members are shown a diagram of the injuries found on Harlow’s body after his arrest.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore describes “multiple superficial injuries on his face, back, arms, fingers and lower limbs.”

14:46  Harlow claimed he injured his own fingers by biting them

The jury has heard that Harlow had a habit of biting the skin on his fingers.

During his examination by a pathologist, Harlow claimed the injuries were from “finger-biting. Not nailbiting, but fingerbiting,” Mrs Moore tells the jury.

He also gave explanations for bruises on his body and other injuries.

15:03  Kayleigh was sent picture of alcohol to encourage her to visit Harlow

The jury is being read a number of statements including one from Kayleigh’s mum, Stephanie.

The discovery of Kayleigh’s smashed phone led to her mother finding out Kayleigh was not staying at her school friend’s home.

When she went on Kayleigh’s Facebook page she found messages to Kayleigh from Harlow including a picture of bottles of vodka and rum along with the words “We will have a good time at the weekend”.

15:09  Jury told of “whispered” call to friend

At 7pm on Saturday night – the night Kayleigh is alleged to have been held against her will by Beadman and Harlow – she tried to make contact with a friend.

Earlier in the weekend the friend received one text message with the world “help” but Kayleigh later texted again to say she had meant to say “hello”. On Saturday night she also sent a message to the same friend saying she wished she was with her.

Prosecutor Mrs Moore said at 7pm on Saturday Kayleigh left the friend a voicemail message “saying ‘call me’ in whispered tones”.

15:21  Statement describes moment Kayleigh’s mum begins to fear for her daughterBefore her disappearance Kayleigh had told her parents she was staying with her friend in Ibstock and her father, Martin, gave her a lift to the village on Friday night.

At around the time she was raped and murdered, Kayleigh’s phone was smashed on Melbourne Road, Ibstock, but a member of the public picked it up, put the SIM card in his own phone and called Kayleigh’s friend, who Stephanie and Martin thought Kayleigh was staying with.

Stephanie said in her statement: “At 8.51am on Sunday I had a call from [Kayleigh’s friend] who asked to speak to Kayleigh. I immediately got worried. I had not seen Kayleigh since Thursday.

“She told me she had just been contacted by a man who had found Kayleigh’s phone.”

15:28  Kayleigh’s injuries described to jury

When her body was discovered Kayleigh had numerous injuries. Among them were “extensive facial injuries”, blunt force head and neck injuries, a broken finger on her left hand and “scratch-type abrasions” over her body.

At the time of her death she had some alcohol in her system but was “well below the drink driving limit” the jury is told.

15:31  Beadman bit his wrist while in custody because he was “hungry”

On the morning of Monday, November 16, Beadman was assessed by a nurse who noted he had “an open wound to his right wrist which was actively bleeding”.

She said in her report: “He caused the injury to his own wrist by biting it.

“When asked why, he told me he was hungry.”

15:39  Pathologist doubts Beadman’s version of events

Home Office pathologist Guy Rutty has questioned Beadman’s account of being hit with a brick by Kayleigh.

Beadman’s face was covered with abrasions and lacerations.

But Professor Rutty said there would also be bruising if Beadman had been hit with a brick.

He said in his report that it was likely Beadman had “fallen face-forward onto an irregular surface rather than the injuries being caused by a weapon such as a brick.”

15:39  Trial ends for the dayThe jury is sent home and the case will continue at 10am on Tuesday.

Monday 13, June 2016 – Morning session

11:10  Fourth day of the trial begins

The jury file back into court for today’s evidence. Only Luke Harlow, flanked by two security guards, is in the dock today.

Beadman’s lawyer announced on Friday that his client did not want to listen to the rest of the prosecution opening.

11:17  Beadman looked like he had been in a fight

The jury has heard read statements by a couple who saw Beadman at 11am on Sunday, November 15, after he raped and killed Kayleigh.

Beadman was walking on the road near an entrance to Sence Valley Forest Park and had a phone to his ear. He had blood on his face.

One of the witnesses told police: “He looked like he’d been smacked.”

11:23  First person sworn in to give evidence

The trial’s first witness in the witness box has been sworn in.

Sam Green, who lives in a house on the A447 in Ibstock, is giving evidence about the night of November 14, when Kayleigh was allegedly being held against her will at Harlow’s home in Geroge Avenue.

11:29  Female heard screaming “mummy”

Mr Green tells the jury he went to bed with his partner at midnight and later heard a scream.

He said: “All of a sudden I heard a loud scream. It was someone screaming “mummy”.

“It sounded like a female. Whoever it was sounded frightened.”

He said his partner grabbed hold of his arm and asked him if he had also heard the sound. He then opened the bedroom window and shouted “is there anybody out there” but heard no response.

11:34  Jury watching video of Harlow’s first interview with the police

The jury is now watching a video showing the first police interview with Harlow, carried out before he was arrested and when he was just being treated as a witness.

Harlow has since admitted grooming and sexually touching Kayleigh but denies holding her against her will.

11:39  Harlow describes meeting Kayleigh online

Harlow is heard telling police in the interview that he met Kayleigh on Facebook where his name is “Luke Fun Times Harlow”.

He said: “We just started speaking, getting to know each other. I liked her and she liked me.”

11:47  Harlow heard admitting chat with Kayleigh was sexual

The video shows Harlow being asked if his online chat with Kayleigh was sexual and he admitted it was. He was asked if he did that a lot with girls on Facebook.

He replied: “It’s not something I did that often.”

Describing how the first meeting on Friday, November 13, was arranged he said: “It was a mutual feeling – we should meet up, come round mine, she said ‘yeah’.”

11:58  Kayleigh and Harlow were drinking together in his house on Friday

On Friday, November 13, two days before her murder, Kayleigh was dropped off by her dad and then met Harlow, he told police.

He said Kayleigh drank a bottle of wine and had some vodka. Harlow told police: “I could see she was quite drunk.

“I was saying to her to put her head down to have an hour’s nap.”

He said he and Kayleigh later slept fully clothed on a matress on his bedroom floor together.

12:04  Kayleigh “necked vodka” on Saturday night – Harlow

In his police interview Harlow is heard saying that after spending Saturday watching films on television with Kayleigh they started drinking again in the evening.

He said they ran out of fizzy drinks to mix his vodka with and he went to see his neighbour Beadman and they went to the shop together.

Harlow said: “We got back and looked at the vodka and she had obviously necked it straight out the bottle.

“She had necked a considerable amount. Then she was really drunk again.”

12:21  Harlow claims Kayleigh fell asleep while he and Beadman drank

Harlow tells the officers: “She got on the settee and went to sleep. She was asleep a good couple of hours while me and Stephen were in the kitchen having a few more drinks, just having a chat.

“I put a plastic bowl down in case she was sick. She said her head was spinning.”

12:30  Harlow claims he woke up to find Kayleigh and Beadman gone

Harlow tells police in the videoed interview that later on Saturday night he left Kayleigh sleeping on the settee and went to bed, expecting Beadman to let himself out.

He said he awoke early on Sunday morning to find he was alone in the house.

He went to Beadman’s house but no one was home. He later got a phone call for Beadman claiming he had left his keys at Harlow’s house and gone to his sister’s home. When they met Beadman had scratches on his face.

12:38  Harlow claims he asked Beadman where Kayleigh was

Harlow said his first thought was that Kayleigh had gone to Beadman’s, leaving her shoes and handbag at his house.

But Beadman denied knowing where she was. 

Harlow told police: “I asked him what time he’d left and if he’d seen her. He said ‘no’.

“He’d got scratches all over his face.”

12:43  Harlow tells police he was ‘confused’ by Kayleigh’s disappearance

Harlow tells police he tried phoning Kayleigh and sending her a message on Facebook.

He said: “I was really confused. Even if she had left why would she have gone without her shoes and without her handbag.

“It wasn’t long after that I got a message from my sister saying ‘the police are looking for you’.”

12:45  Harlow admits he woke up looking like he had been punched

Having already described Beadman’s badly scratched face, Harlow tells the officers he had woken up on Sunday, November 15, to find his glasses were broken and he had an injury to his eye.

He says in the interview: “I can’t remember when they broke. They were broken on Sunday morning.

“A mate said ‘looks like you’ve been punched in the face’.”

12:53  Harlow claims he and Kayleigh were kissing and “messing about”

Going back to the Friday night – the first of Kayleigh’s two nights in Ibstock – Harlow describes kissing Kayleigh to the police.

He said: “We kissed a bit. Just messed about. I only kissed her mouth twice.

“She was on her phone for ages. We were just sort of chatting. I was happy just lying on the mattress.”

13:05  Harlow raised doubts about Beadman’s story in police interview

Harlow tells police that Beadman had told Harlow’s parents that the scratches to his face were caused on Thursday. He had previously told Harlow he got the scratches at work on Sunday morning.

Harlow told police: “He definitely said he did it Thursday to my mum.

“What reason would he have to lie?”

13:15  Trial breaks for lunch

The jury is told there will be a break now for lunch until 2.20pm.

June 10, 2016

Court told of kidnap message to second girl

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The man accused of kidnapping schoolgirl Kayleigh who was raped and murdered was trying to arrange “a weekend of sex fuelled by alcohol”

The 15-year-old girl who was held captive texted a friend pleading for help just hours before she was raped and murdered

Luke Harlow, 27, is accused of keeping Kayleigh Haywood a prisoner in his home for a month before she was beaten to death by his friend Stephen Beadman, 29.

Today, it emerged that Harlow had told another girl he befriended online that he wanted to kidnap her ‘for Christmas’ and keep her as a slave, Nottingham Crown Court.

A friend of Kayleigh’s, Katie Simpson, said she had messaged her on Facebook in the middle of the night before she was killed, but when she replied in the morning, someone else seemed to reply.

Nottingham Crown Court was told Harlow had messaged Kayleigh and other girls with the intention of “getting them to come to his home for a weekend of sex fuelled by alcohol”.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said: “He was saying he would kidnap them. All of whom he knew would be underage.”

The prosecution read a series of social media messages sent by Harlow to a girl he had befriended online when she was aged 15.

Among the messages was one saying: “I wish I could kidnap you for Christmas but I would probably be arrested and sent to prison.”

Another message sent to the girl, who cannot be identified, read: “If I kidnap you, I am keeping you.”

Further messages, allegedly sent during 2014 and 2015, are said to show that Harlow had an interest in having sex with “drunk, unconscious” girls and wanted to keep a girl as a slave.

The court heard Kayleigh had gone to Luke Harlow’s flat in Ibstock willingly on 13 November.

Addressing jurors on the second day of the trial, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC read a series of social media messages sent by Harlow to a girl he had befriended online when she was aged 15.

In one of the messages, allegedly sent between 2014 and 2015, he wrote: ‘Having sex with drunk, unconscious girls is my favourite,’ Miss Moore said.

Among the messages, sent to girls as young as 13, was one reading: ‘I wish I could kidnap you for Christmas but I would probably be arrested and sent to prison.’

Another message sent via WhatsApp to the girl, who cannot be identified, read: ‘If I kidnap you, I am keeping you.’

At the conclusion of her opening speech to the jury, Miss Moore invited jurors to consider whether Kayleigh was trying to escape from a fight or a struggle.

The QC told the jury: ‘Why have we shown you all these messages between Luke Harlow and these young ladies?

‘We say it will help you to understand what was in his mind. At some point Kayleigh clearly wanted to leave that flat.

You don’t run out into the night dressed like she was unless you want to get out of there fast.’

The jury was told neighbours heard ‘loud bangs’ and ‘screams’ from the property at 10.30pm and at 3.30am a witness saw Kayleigh trying to flee the property half-naked.

Project Manager Simon Baker’s house overlooks the pathway from Harlow’s home to Sense Valley Forest Park.

In a witness statement read out by prosecutor Teresa Hay, he said: ‘At around 3.30am I was in my bedroom when I heard a loud scream that sounded like a female in distress.

‘My partner said “Did you hear that?” I went to the window and I saw what I thought was a policeman pinning a girl down on the ground.

‘I couldn’t see clearly who it was, but he was wearing a dark jacket with white stripes so I thought it was a policeman.

‘I looked back a few moments later and she was on her back lying down and he was pinning her down with his knees on her elbows.

‘Her arms were up with her hands either side of her head. He was sat astride her, near her neck.

‘He looked up for about 20 or 30 seconds. The male and female then got up and made their way back towards the Croft Estate.

‘They appeared perfectly normal and there were no altercations or fighting or shouting.

‘About ten or 15 minutes later I heard another scream. I could see them walking back along the path towards me.

‘They appeared calm. I heard the girl calmly say “Hold my hand,” and they walked along the path that leads into Science Park. I did not see or hear them again.’

In her witness statement read out by Miss Hay, witness Angela Bailiff said: ‘I was awoken to the sound of banging and screaming in the early hours of November 15.

‘At about 3.15am I woke up with a start and I could hear a girl screaming and men’s voices.

‘It was not just a normal scream, this was quite intense. I just lay there, rigid. I was petrified, it sounded really serious.

‘The screaming and shouting lasted for about three or four minutes and then it went silent.’

Sophie Hunt said in a witness statement read out by Miss Hay: ‘Throughout that evening I remember hearing banging and crashing from number seven. It was constant throughout the evening.

‘Later on, at around 10.30pm I suddenly heard a scream. It was a girl’s scream. It lasted for around two to three seconds.’

Beadman, a 29-year-old landscape gardener who also lived in George Avenue, denies a charge of false imprisonment.

The tragic teenager had spent the hours before her death held ‘against her will’ and was ‘sexually touched’ at the home of Beadman’s friend and neighbour Luke Harlow jurors were told yesterday.

But when she tried to flee, Beadman chased and tackled Kayleigh to the ground before ‘taking her into the night’, where he raped and murdered her on remote farmland next to a stream.

The court heard how she had tried to fight him off by scratching his face and hitting him with a brick. But he retaliated by throwing the brick in her face and hitting her over the head with it, killing her.

Her parents reported her missing to the police after she failed to make contact the following day and a desperate search involving hundreds of police officers and members of the public was launched.

However, it came to a tragic end with the grim discovery of her remains in undergrowth near Sence Valley Forest Park. She had suffered massive head and facial injuries and had to be identified by her dental records.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Kayleigh, who lived in the village of Measham, around five miles from where her body was found, was the ‘last in a line’ of young girls groomed online by Harlow.

After contacting her on Facebook using the name Luke ‘Fun Times’ Harlow and plying her with compliments and flirtatious messages which gradually became more explicit, he persuaded the teenager to lie to her parents and stay at his home on the night of Friday, November 13.

Kayleigh was last seen alive by her father Martin Whitby, 57, that evening when he dropped her off outside Ibstock Community College – thinking she was spending the night at her best friend’s house.

But she instead went to Harlow’s flat in the village, and stayed there until around 3am the following Sunday when she attempted to flee.

On the Saturday morning, she had texted her parents asking if she could stay another night. But at around 10pm that night Harlow’s neighbours heard loud banging and screams coming from his home.

Hours later Kayleigh was seen sprinting out of his home half-naked into the street pursued by Beadman.

A neighbour saw Beadman wrestle Kayleigh to the ground but did not act after mistakenly believing he was a police officer making an arrest.

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Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting, said Kayleigh had been given a ‘substantial amount of alcohol’ and sexually touched by Harlow on the Saturday night, before trying to escape.

She told jurors: ‘She was clearly running away.

‘The prosecution case is that at some point, far from being this drunk, compliant girl, Kayleigh became someone who wanted to get out of that flat.

‘What happened on any view is Kayleigh made her way out of that flat partially clothed. No trousers, pants or shoes. She may have had socks on, but there was nothing else on her bottom half.

‘What happens to her in that property to make her flee into the night? It is November. It is not a pleasant evening like we have had recently.

‘The essence of this case is these two men kept her in Luke Harlow’s house against her will for a period of time, in the late evening and early morning of November 14 and 15 last year.’

Miss Moore said it was the prosecution’s case that Beadman and Harlow held Kayleigh from around 9pm – when her phone, to which she was ‘surgically attached’, suddenly stopped sending out messages – to around 3am.

The prosecutor added neighbours had earlier heard loud bangs and screaming coming from the flat, before one local resident looked out of his window between 3am and 4am and saw Beadman pinning Kayleigh to the ground.

She said the witness thought Beadman was a police officer because of the jacket he was wearing which had a reflective stripe, and that the pair appeared to get up together and walk away having resolved their ‘dispute’.

Miss Moore added: ‘She had been groomed by Harlow, a man much older than her; she being 15 and he being 26 at the time. Kayleigh was not the only girl that Harlow groomed – she was the last in a line.

‘He has pleaded guilty to attempting to meet two other underage girls for sexual purposes.

THE vile messages sent to schoolgirls via Facebook

Harlow messaged a host of girls as young as 13 dozens of vile, sexual messages before grooming Kayleigh Haywood.

The prosecution told the court Harlow had contacted a string of underage girls in the months before Kayleigh’s murder.

She told the jury: ‘We are going to look at Harlow’s messages to some other young girls so you can see his train of thought for getting girls to his flat.

‘He was messaging one girl 16 years younger than him from March 2015 until October 15.

‘In May he said: “Would you come and stay for the weekend or something. I would come and meet you somewhere, and that means I’m going to keep you forever”.

‘He said to her: “I’m crying and I miss you. I need them kisses off you to cheer me up. Kisses, and maybe more”.

‘Later on he said: “Just say you are staying with your mates,” which is exactly what he said to Kayleigh, and is exactly what she did.

‘He said to another girl, who was 16, but was 15 when he started talking to her, ‘I want to take advantage of you, get you drunk.’

‘At Christmas 2014 he said to her: “Can I kidnap you for Christmas.I mean it, I would keep you here all Christmas. I wish I could kidnap you for Christmas, but I would probably be arrested and sent to prison. If I kidnap you, I’m keeping you”.’

‘In August in 2015 he said to her: “Might kidnap you though, no promises.”

‘On September 15 he said: “I will look after you, I might try to kidnap you though. Come over for back rub and Maccies. Still might kidnap you though. Run away and come and live with me. We will party all the time”.

‘She told him she was a lightweight, and he said: “At least you are cheap, easy to get drunk and take advantage of you. Having sex with drunk, unconscious girls is my favourite. I will pay for you to get here, but then you will have to stay here forever as my slave. A naked slave”.

‘He messaged another older girl saying: “No false promises, you are being kidnapped and that’s that”.

‘The youngest girl he messaged was just 13. She thought his behavior was controlling, but there were no kidnap messages.

‘Kayleigh was the last in a line of young ladies that he was trying to get to come to his home for a weekend of sex, fuelled by alcohol and a weekend where he was saying he wanted to kidnap and keep them.

‘We say it will help you to understand what was in his mind. At some point Kayleigh clearly wanted to leave that flat.

‘You don’t run out into the night dressed like she was unless you want to get out of there fast.

‘Was it that Kayleigh was at all times in that flat willing to be there, or did something happen?

‘Did she punch Luke Harlow in the face sufficient to break his glasses? Was there some fight or struggle that she wanted to escape?

‘Does Mr Beadman really not remember being in the flat and being on the tarmac outside? If they lied about it, why?’ 

June 9, 2016

Morning & afternoon sessions

A 15-year-old schoolgirl murdered after being groomed online tried to flee her attacker while naked from the waist down but was tackled by him in the street and later killed, a court heard today.

Landscape gardener Stephen Beadman, 29, forced terrified Kayleigh Haywood to walk more than a mile through woods and fields on a freezing night while wearing no shoes or clothing on her bottom half – then killed her on farmland and left her body in undergrowth in Ibstock, Leicestershire.

The tragic teenager had spent the hours before her death held ‘against her will’ and ‘sexually touched’ at the home of Beadman’s friend and neighbour Luke Harlow, 27, after he enticed her there following two weeks of messaging on the social media site, jurors were told.

But when she tried to flee, Beadman chased and tackled Kayleigh to the ground before ‘taking her into the night’, where he raped and murdered her on remote farmland next to a stream.

The court heard how she had tried to fight him off by scratching his face and hitting him with a brick. But he retaliated by throwing the brick in her face and hitting her over the head with it, killing her.

Her parents reported her missing to the police after she failed to make contact the following day and a desperate search involving hundreds of police officers and members of the public was launched.

However, it came to a tragic end with the grim discovery of her remains in undergrowth near Sence Valley Forest Park. She had suffered massive head and facial injuries and had to be identified by her dental records.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Kayleigh, who lived in the village of Measham, around five miles from where her body was found, was the ‘last in a line’ of young girls groomed online by Harlow.

After contacting her on Facebook using the name Luke ‘Fun Times’ Harlow and plying her with compliments and flirtatious messages which gradually became more explicit, he persuaded the teenager to lie to her parents and stay at his home on the night of Friday, November 13.

Kayleigh was last seen alive by her father Martin Whitby, 57, that evening when he dropped her off outside Ibstock Community College – thinking she was spending the night at her best friend’s house.

But she instead went to Harlow’s flat in the village, and stayed there until around 3am the following Sunday when she attempted to flee.

On the Saturday morning, she had texted her parents asking if she could stay another night. But at around 10pm that night Harlow’s neighbours heard loud banging and screams coming from his home.

Hours later Kayleigh was seen sprinting out of his home half-naked into the street pursued by Beadman.

A neighbour saw Beadman wrestle Kayleigh to the ground but did not act after mistakenly believing he was a police officer making an arrest.

Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting, said Kayleigh had been given a ‘substantial amount of alcohol’ and sexually touched by Harlow on the Saturday night, before trying to escape.

She told jurors: ‘She was clearly running away.

‘The prosecution case is that at some point, far from being this drunk, compliant girl, Kayleigh became someone who wanted to get out of that flat.

‘What happened on any view is Kayleigh made her way out of that flat partially clothed. No trousers, pants or shoes. She may have had socks on, but there was nothing else on her bottom half.

‘What happens to her in that property to make her flee into the night? It is November. It is not a pleasant evening like we have had recently.

‘The essence of this case is these two men kept her in Luke Harlow’s house against her will for a period of time, in the late evening and early morning of November 14 and 15 last year.’

Miss Moore said it was the prosecution’s case that Beadman and Harlow held Kayleigh from around 9pm – when her phone, to which she was ‘surgically attached’, suddenly stopped sending out messages – to around 3am.

The prosecutor added neighbours had earlier heard loud bangs and screaming coming from the flat, before one local resident looked out of his window between 3am and 4am and saw Beadman pinning Kayleigh to the ground.

She said the witness thought Beadman was a police officer because of the jacket he was wearing which had a reflective stripe, and that the pair appeared to get up together and walk away having resolved their ‘dispute’.

Miss Moore added: ‘She had been groomed by Harlow, a man much older than her; she being 15 and he being 26 at the time.

Kayleigh was not the only girl that Harlow groomed – she was the last in a line.

‘He has pleaded guilty to attempting to meet two other underage girls for sexual purposes.

‘Neighbours said they heard three loud bangs coming from that house and after the bangs there was silence. The bangs were heard between 10pm and 10.30pm, and there was a female voice screaming.

‘But Beadman was not in the property at 10.30pm, he was at a late night garage buying a bottle of rum.

‘What we do know is as she left the property she is chased by Beadman and pinned to the ground.

‘This was seen by a neighbour from their upstairs window.

‘At about 3.30am in the morning he heard a loud scream, which sounded like a female in distress.

‘He saw a male pinning a female down with her leg showing, he thought she was wearing a short skirt.

‘Because of a stripe on Beadman’s shirt he thought Beadman was a police officer.’

The court heard Beadman then marched her across the road into Sence Valley Park where he raped her before killing her with a brick.

Miss Moore said: ‘We say it is very likely having realised he had been seen, Beadman forced Kayleigh to walk back with him. He has not taken her to his. He takes her miles away.’

Kayleigh was reported missing by her worried mother Stephanie, who was sat in the public gallery during today’s court hearing, at around 11.15am on the Sunday morning.

A passing motorist found her smashed iPhone close to the adjacent flats of Beadman and Harlow and called the last number dialled on it after placing the SIM card in another handset.

The court heard it rang through to the phone of the friend Kayleigh was supposed to be staying with – and a hunt for her was launched.

Miss Moore said Beadman and Harlow were later arrested, with Harlow – who had various ‘lumps and bumps’ on his head and body – claiming he fell asleep during the evening and woke up on the Sunday morning to find both Beadman and Kayleigh had gone.

After eight interviews, Beadman, who had scratches to his face, eventually admitted he had killed Kayleigh, and told detectives where they could find her body.

He claimed he and Kayleigh had kissed in the flat, and the next thing he could remember was being on top of her outside on the path. Beadman said he then took her across a road and into a country park where he raped her.

He told officers he then walked her through fields and brambles while she was afraid and upset, and after she managed to push him over and sprint away, she turned and hit him in the face with a brick.

Beadman said he then shoved her to the ground and threw a brick or rock at the side of her head, causing her to bleed – then, as Kayleigh tried to get up, he hit her again with a rock, killing her.

However, Miss Moore said the injuries suffered by Kayleigh were ‘inconsistent’ with Beadman’s story.

She added: ‘The prosecution say he has not given a truthful account. He has tried to paint an account that puts him in a better light.’

The court heard that after killing Kayleigh, Beadman attempted to destroy his blood-stained clothing on a bonfire, and hid items belonging to Kayleigh in a storage yard where he rented a container.

Beadman and Harlow deny the false imprisonment of Kayleigh between November 12 and 16.

Beadman has already admitted her rape and murder at an earlier hearing, while Harlow has pleaded guilty to meeting Kayleigh following grooming, and sexual activity with her, as well as attempting to meet another girl after grooming.

The court heard how Harlow first began grooming Kayleigh online after adding her on Facebook on October 31 and messaging her the next day saying: ‘Wish I could be with you for cuddles in bed.’

Miss Moore said: ‘In messages found on Harlow’s phone, he tells her they have a ‘secret relationship’ and that she is his.

‘He says he wants to have sex with her, but they will not have sex until she is 16. She says she doesn’t want to have sex yet. He then describes in intimate detail what he would like to do to her.

‘He asks if he can kidnap her and keep her forever and says they will be kept up all night – ‘having fun’.

‘He told her, ‘I Just keep thinking I’m too old for you and I could get into trouble so we have to keep it a secret.’

Prosecutor Miss Moore also read out a series of online messages Harlow sent to Kayleigh in which he said he’d like to ‘kidnap her forever’.

She said Harlow, who knew Kayleigh was only 15, discussed meeting up with her and said they would be ‘up all night having fun’.

Other messages, designed to groom the schoolgirl, included: ‘We need to have drinks soon babe so I can get you drunk and take advantage. I’ll be nice baby, honest.

‘If you get too drunk you’ll have to stay at mine.’

On November 2, Harlow wrote: ‘I’ll be your boss. You have to do everything I say. It will last forever because you have to do everything you’re told.

‘Got you all to myself now babe. You have to give me kisses whether you want to or not.

And a day later, he told Kayleigh: ‘I wish you were lying next to me in bed. Can we be friends with benefits?

‘I’ll make you take your clothes off first. I’d be too tempted to do naughty stuff if you was in my bed naked.

‘We’ll get really drunk and I’ll take you to bed. Can I do anything I want?’

He also asked if she was a virgin and said ‘come to my house to get drunk and go to bed – not to sleep.’

Miss Moore said: ‘Kayleigh replied: ‘I would have to be really drunk,’ and Harlow says ‘ok’, before the messages get really explicit.’

The discovery of Kayleigh’s body last year sparked a huge outpouring of emotion in her local area, where many people had joined the search to find her.

A post-mortem revealed that she had been raped before she was battered with a blunt instrument and dumped in a field.

The schoolgirl lived with her mother in Measham, five miles from Ibstock, at the time she was killed.

She had been dropped off in the town evening to meet her best friend, and had told her mother she would be staying with the girl for the weekend, something she did regularly.

The trial at Nottingham crown court, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.

 

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