Online groomer to be freed early
A teenager who sent sordid sex texts to murdered schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood will be freed after top judges slashed his jail term yesterday.
Bruce John Cordwell, of Raleigh Street, Nottingham, was locked up for 43 months at Chester Crown Court in February.
He admitted trying to arrange the commission of a child sexual act.
But his case reached London’s Appeal Court yesterday as he successfully challenged his sentence – which was cut to just 12 months.
Given automatic deductions, the court heard Cordwell has now “served his sentence” and is due for immediate release.
Cordwell, 20, sent 15-year-old Kayleigh, of Measham, a series of sexually explicit texts just days before she was brutally raped and murdered by 29-year-old Stephen Beadman.
Her body was found dumped near a lake in Ibstock, near Coalville.
That grim discovery came five days after Kayleigh was last seen getting off a bus near Ibstock Community College.
Beadman was last year handed a life sentence after he admitted the teenager’s murder.
An accomplice Luke Harlow, 28, who initially made contact with Kayleigh, was jailed for 12 years for grooming and falsely imprisoning her.
Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, reducing Cordwell’s sentence yesterday, stressed that he had nothing to do with Kayleigh’s disappearance or tragic death.
Cordwell’s sentence was slashed on appeal
His crimes were limited to sending sexually explicit photos of himself, and trying to arrange to meet her for sex.
“He tried to arrange to meet her for sex but this did not get off the ground,” said the judge.
“There was no actual meeting or physical contact – let alone sexual activity.”
The judge who jailed Cordwell had applied “too rigid an approach” and the sentence he imposed was excessive, she ruled.
20-year-old jailed for grooming teenager Kayleigh Haywood
A 20-year-old has been detained after admitting sending Kayleigh Haywood explicit messages days before she was murdered.
Bruce Cordwell attempted to arrange to meet the tragic teenager over Facebook and WhatsApp for sex between November 10 and 13 2015.
15-year-old Kayleigh, from Measham in Leicestershire, was raped and killed by landscape gardener Stephen Beadman after being bombarded with messages on Facebook and other social media sites for around two weeks by 28-year-old Luke Harlow.
Leicester Crown Court heard Cordwell, a “problematic young man”, sent Kayleigh two pictures of his genitals.
He knew Kayleigh was under-age but sent one explicit message which left the court “in no doubt about what he intended”.
The pair exchanged around 100 messages on November 10, with Cordwell making repeated requests for Kayleigh to go on webcam – which she refused – and claiming he was “fitter and better than her boyfriend”.
Cordwell, who has two red lipstick kiss tattoos on his neck, bowed his head as the evidence was read out, while Kayleigh’s mother Stephanie watched on from the public gallery.
The following day, Cordwell apologised for his messages, saying: “I’m sorry about that, I have not had sex for a few weeks so just get turned on easy, you know?” before going on to ask her to meet twice.
After Kayleigh was reported missing, Cordwell sent her a message on November 16 saying: “You need to get home, your parents are worried sick about you. You are only 15.”
The messages came to light as part of the investigation into Kayleigh’s murder – and the court was told Cordwell had no links to that offence.
Cordwell, who has 17 previous offences including shoplifting, battery and criminal damage, pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and was sentenced to detention for three years and seven months.
He added that no actual meeting had taken place and ordered Cordwell sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.
Man who sent explicit sexts and arranged to meet schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, 15, days before she was raped and murdered faces jail
A 20-year-old man is facing jail after sending sexually explicit texts and pictures to tragic schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood just days before she was raped and murdered.
Bruce Cordwell admitted messaging and trying to meet the 15-year-old for sex in November 2015, despite knowing her age.
Kayleigh was killed after Luke Harlow, 28, groomed her on Facebook and lured her to his home on November 14 that year.
Neighbour Stephen Beadman, 29, then joined Harlow and sexually assaulted her before battering her to death and dumping her body in woodland near Ibstock, Leicestershire.
The pair were jailed for a total of 47 years at Nottingham Crown Court last July.
Cordwell, of no fixed address, was not involved in her killing but has admitted arranging to meet Kayleigh with the intention of carrying out sexual intercourse not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over.
The defendant – who calls himself ‘Sexy B’ on Facebook – fought back tears during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court this week.
He appeared wearing a black top with camouflage sleeves and with two bright red lipstick tattoos visible on the right side of his neck.
Cordwell originally denied the charge and the case had been adjourned for a jury trial today, but he changed his plea at the last minute.
He maintained that he did not cause Kayleigh to look at a sexually explicit image, but the defence accepted the picture formed part of the charge he did admit.
The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports next month at Leicester Crown Court.
Judge Philip Head said: ‘If you receive a custodial sentence the time you’ve spent on remand will count towards that sentence.’
After the case, it emerged that, at the time of Kayleigh’s murder, Cordwell criticised her killers on Facebook.
In a post five days after her death on November 19, he said: ‘Wtf the f*** Kayleigh Jade Louise X r.i.p heaven has got another angel.
‘Luke harlow you little scum bag you need f***ing shooting you and your scummy mate she was 15 teen years old you rats’
‘My thoughts are with her and her family rest in peace kayleigh you will be missed.’