Dad of murdered schoolgirl hopes killer ‘rots in hell’ after dying in jail

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The dad of a murdered schoolgirl has welcomed the news her killer has died.

Stephen Beadman, 34, was jailed for life after being convicted of raping and murdering 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood in 2015.

Prison authorities confirmed he died in hospital on Thursday, StaffordshireLive reports.

But it has not yet been revealed how he died.

Kayleigh's dad, Martin Whitby, posted on Facebook: "Best news ever… the ******* that killed my daughter is dead.

"Hope the ******* rots in hell."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Wakefield prisoner Stephen Beadman died in hospital on April 8.

"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed. The Prison Service cannot confirm the cause of death, which is rightly a matter for the coroner."

Beadman subjected the teenager, from Measham, Leics, to a harrowing six-hour ordeal in Ibstock, Staffs.

His neighbour Luke Harlow, then 28, had persuaded Kayleigh to spend the night at his home in Ibstock.

He had spent two weeks bombarding her with thousands of messages online.

She was held hostage by both Beadman and Harlow before trying to flee the property.

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His neighbour Beadman dragged the teenager into nearby woodland, where he raped and murdered her.

Her body was found five days later near Ibstock.

She had to be identified by dental records after Beadman inflicted 46 injuries to her body.

Beadman admitted murdering and raping Kayleigh at Nottingham Crown Court.

He was also convicted of falsely imprisoning her.

Harlow was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Beadman received a life sentence with a minimum term of 35 years.

A film about the case was later produced by Leicestershire Police, called 'Kayleigh's Love Story', which was shown to schoolchildren about the dangers of online grooming.

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