Kayleigh Haywood death: Man faces court charged with rape and murder


A man has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, whose body was found in undergrowth near a lake five days after she went missing.

The 15-year-old from Measham, Leicestershire, had not been seen since 6pm on Friday November 13, when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College in Central Avenue.

Police discovered her body near the Sence Valley Forest Park on Wednesday evening after officers were drafted in from across the region to help with the search.

Stephen Beadman, 28, wore a grey jumper and grey trousers in the dock and is accused of murder and rape on November 15.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, and address.

A second man, Luke Harlow, 27, also appeared in court wearing a grey jumper and grey trousers, and is charged with grooming on November 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child between November 12 and 16.

The pair, both from George Avenue, Ibstock, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court today and were remanded in custody. They will next appear at Leicester Crown Court on December 18.