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A man who groomed Kayleigh Haywood will be freed after jail term is reduced

Bruce Cordon will be freed from prison after having his sentence reduced

A man who was jailed for trying to meet schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood for sex in the days before she was raped and murdered will be freed after top judges reduce his sentence.

Bruce John Cordwell, of Raleigh Street in 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 today 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.

20-year-old Cordwell, sent 15-year-old Kayleigh a series of sexually explicit texts just days before she was raped and murdered by 29-year-old Stephen Beadman.

Her body was found dumped near a lake in Ibstock in Leicestershire.

The discovery came five days after Kayleigh, who was from Measham, 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, 28-year-old Luke Harlow who initially made contact with Kayleigh, was jailed for 12 years for grooming and falsely imprisoning her.

Stephen Beadman (L) Luke Harlow (R)

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, reducing Cordwell's sentence today, stressed that he had nothing to do with Kayleigh's disappearance or tragic death.

Once he learnt she was missing he had even sent her further texts, urging her to return home.

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.

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."

– Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb