A man who has admitted grooming a 15-year-old girl has denied trying to sexually assault her while she was asleep in his home, a court has heard.
Luke Harlow, 28, engaged in sexual activity with Kayleigh Haywood before Stephen Beadman raped and murdered her.
Nottingham Crown Court heard Harlow reject Beadman’s claim that he tried to rape Kayleigh in her sleep and denied punching Beadman, 29.
Both men deny falsely imprisoning her at Harlow’s home in Leicestershire.
Harlow and Beadman, both of George Avenue, Ibstock, are accused of keeping Kayleigh prisoner between about 21:00 BST on 14 November and 03:00 on 15 November.
Harlow was asked by Beadman’s barrister, Anthony Metzer QC, if he had tried to rape the schoolgirl while she was asleep.
“What I suggest happened is that you and Mr Beadman had a fierce argument because Mr Beadman was trying to stop this happening?” the defendant was asked, to which he replied: “That is one of Mr Beadman’s many lies.”
Mr Metzer went on to claim Harlow had punched Beadman in the stomach during the argument, and that Kayleigh “escaped” from the property after being woken up by the row and informed of what it was about.
Harlow told the court: “All of that’s complete lies. I wasn’t awake.”
Stephen Beadman, 29, of George Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire
Admits raping Kayleigh
Admits murdering Kayleigh
Denies falsely imprisoning her
Luke Harlow, 28, also of George Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire
Admits meeting a child (Kayleigh) following sexual grooming
Admits two counts of sexual activity with a child (Kayleigh)
Admits attempting to meet two other children (both 15-year-old girls) following sexual grooming
Denies falsely imprisoning Kayleigh
The jury heard Harlow and Beadman continued drinking after Kayleigh fell asleep on a sofa and were “quite drunk” on the night she was killed.
Harlow said he had gone to sleep on a mattress in his lounge and woke to find Kayleigh …read more
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