Witnesses have told a court they heard a “frightened girl screaming mummy” on the night a 15-year-old schoolgirl was raped and murdered.
Kayleigh Haywood, from Leicestershire, was found dead in undergrowth near Ibstock in November.
Stephen Beadman, 29, of Ibstock, has admitted raping and murdering Kayleigh but denies false imprisonment.
Luke Harlow, 27, of Ibstock, has admitted two counts of sexual grooming but also denies false imprisonment.
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Beadman and Harlow, both of George Avenue, are alleged to have held Kayleigh against her will at Harlow’s home between about 21:00 BST on November 14 and 03:00 on November 15.
Witnesses Samuel Green and Amy Dearden, who live together at a property near Ibstock’s Sence Valley Forest Park, told Nottingham Crown Court they heard a loud scream in the early hours of November 15.
Mr Green said he had gone to bed just before midnight.
“I was lying there. I can’t be 100% sure how long I lay there and then all of a sudden I heard a loud scream, someone screaming ‘mummy’,” Mr Green said.
“It sounded like a female to me, and if I’m honest, whoever it was sounded frightened.”
Ms Dearden said the scream of “mummy” sounded so close, she thought someone was in her garden.
“It quite worried me. It sounded like a young child. Sam opened the window and shouted but nobody replied,” she said.
The court also heard a man with a bloodied face was seen near to where Kayleigh’s body was found.
The trial continues.
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