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Stephen Beadman, 34, was serving life for murdering Kayleigh Haywood, 15, who he had groomed over a two-week period online in 2015. The sex fiend was locked up at HMP Wakefield where he died on Thursday, reports Leicestershire Live.
On learning the news of Beadman’s death, Kayleigh’s father, Martin Whitby, posted his reaction on social media.
Writing on Facebook, he said: “Best news ever… the ******* that killed my daughter is dead.
“Hope the ******* rots in hell.”
The cause or circumstances around the death have not been revealed.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Wakefield prisoner Stephen Beadman died in hospital on April 8.
“The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”
They added: “The Prison Service cannot confirm the cause of death, which is rightly a matter for the coroner.”
Kayleigh had tried to escape Beadman’s clutches when he – and another man Luke Harlow – plied her with drink at a flat in Ibstock, Leicestershire.
But the schoolgirl was sexually assaulted by Harlow before trying to flee, at which point she was chased by Beadman, who raped and murdered her with a brick before dumping her body in a farmer’s field.
Kayleigh’s body was found five days later. She had to be identified using dental records.
Harlow was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
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