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Kayleigh Haywood: Man tried to meet girl days before her murder

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Image caption Kayleigh Haywood was murdered in November 2015 after being groomed online

A man has pleaded guilty to attempting to meet schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood for sex days before her rape and murder.

Bruce Cordwell, 20, of no fixed address, admitted sexually grooming her through social media in November 2015.

Cordwell had nothing to do with the 15-year-old's death at the hands of Stephen Beadman.

In July, Beadman was jailed for 35 years, while his friend Luke Harlow was given a 12-year-sentence for grooming and sexual activity with Kayleigh.

Leicester Crown Court heard how Cordwell contacted her through social media between 10 and 13 November.

He admitted a charge of attempting to arrange to meet a child following sexual grooming.

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On 15 November, Kayleigh - from Measham - was raped and killed by Beadman, after chatting with Luke Harlow on Facebook for two weeks.

The judge in their trial said the case highlighted "the dangers to which young users of social media are exposed".

Cordwell is due to be sentenced on 9 February.

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Image caption Luke Harlow (left) pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child while Stephen Beadman admitted rape and murder

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