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Kayleigh Haywood: Man guilty of holding murdered teenager captive

Video report by ITV News correspondent Duncan Golestani.

A men has been found guilty of falsely imprisoning murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood before her death last November.

Luke Harlow was convicted of falsely imprisoning Kayleigh by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court a day after the 15-year-old's killer, Stephen Beadman, was found guilty of the same charge.

Kayleigh Haywood Credit: Leicestershire Police

Harlow, 28, had admitted sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child, while Beadman, 29, had previously admitted raping and murdering the teenager.

Both men had denied the false imprisonment charge.

Stephen Beadman Credit: Leicestershire Police

The 15-year-old's body was found in undergrowth near a lake five days after she went missing in Leicestershire.

Luke Harlow Credit: Leicestershire Police

The death of Kayleigh Haywood was devastating. She suffered a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Stephen Beadman. She was only in that position because she had been groomed by Luke Harlow before being kept against her will.

Beadman callously raped and took the life of an innocent teenage girl. Harlow pursued a succession of under-age girls in a sinister manner, talking about ‘kidnapping’ them and making them ‘slaves’.

I would like to offer my heartfelt sympathy to Kayleigh’s family and I hope the conviction of these highly dangerous men will in some way help them start to cope with their loss.

– Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands

Kayleigh's disappearance and murder

Kayleigh, from Measham in Leicestershire, was last seen on November 13 when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College.

Police officers from across the region were drafted in to search for the missing girl. Six days after her disappearance, Kayleigh's body was found in undergrowth near a lake in Sence Valley Forest Park on November 19.

During the trial, the jury heard that Kayleigh had been held for a six-hour period and then attempted to flee partially-clothed from Harlow's home in George Avenue, Ibstock, in the early hours, but was pinned to the ground by Beadman.

Kayleigh was held at Luke Harlow's house. Credit: Leicestershire Police

The landscape gardener later killed her and dumped her body in a hedgerow, before returning to Harlow’s flat to collect his keys and Kayleigh’s belongings, which he abandoned in a skip along with his own bloodstained clothing.

An inquest heard that the teenager died of head and facial injuries and had to be identified by dental records.

Harlow groomed Kayleigh on social media

Former warehouse worker Luke Harlow had groomed the 15-year-old after the two exchanged messages via Facebook. During a police interview, he said: "I can't remember if I added her or she added me. I'm not 100% sure...I have a habit of accepting anyone regardless of whether the name rings a bell."

The court also heard he had communicated with two other young girls, a 13-year-old girl and another 15-year-old girl.

A tribute left to Kayleigh Haywood. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Kayleigh's story demonstrates, in the most harrowing fashion, the ultimate potential consequences of children talking to strangers on the internet and the very real threat of online grooming.

I can only hope that we all, as parents, take note of what happened to Kayleigh. We need to understand that there are people within our communities who are using social and digital media to beguile, to lure, and to entrap children. They are in a very tiny minority. But sadly they do exist.

– Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall, head of crime at Leicestershire Police

Beadman first told police he could not remember what happened as he was drunk

When questioned after his arrest, Beadman initially told police he could not remember what had happened because he had been drinking. He later confessed to first raping the teenager, then killing her.

More details on the case can be seen at ITV Central.