25 years old Nicholson brutally murdered 13 years old Lucy McHugh after she told him she was pregnant, a court heard yesterday.
Stephen Nicholson, 25, of no fixed address, is accused of repeatedly stabbing the 13-year-old in the neck and upper body in woodland at Southampton sports center before abandoning her to die in July last year.
The defendant, who works as a carer and as a tattoo artist, is charged with Lucy’s murder and three counts of rape against her when she was 12.
The 25 Years old defendant, Stephen Nicholson, has indicted rape and murder of 13 years old Lucy. He faces two counts of sexual activity with a child on multiple occasions.
Nicholson was additionally indicted with sexual activity with 14 years old girl on June 29, 2012.
The prosecuting attorney William Mousley told Winchester Crown Court that the defendant Nicholson had “an interest in underage sex” because he exploited Lucy, whom he described as “vulnerable.”
On the night Nicholson was arrested, he informed the police that Lucy had sent him a Facebook message notifying him that she was pregnant.
Mr. Mousley said Nicholson was a tenant at Lucy’s family home, where she lived with her mother, her mother’s partner, and her siblings.
The prosecutor revealed that Lucy had kept a diary describing her intimate relationship with the defendant dating back to May 2017.
On May 30, she wrote: “Dear Jackass, Last night was amazing, Stephen and I slept together multiple times.”
The prosecutor said that Lucy described “increasingly violent” sex, which included descriptions of him gripping her neck.
Defendant Nicholson claimed Lucy’s diaries were the “fantasies of a 12/13-year-old girl” and denied being sexually involved with the other alleged victim.
Mr. Mousley said Nicholson, who had been living in his mother’s house at the time, visited Lucy’s home on July 23 to feed his reptiles that he kept there. Before he was, He later got into a heated argument with Lucy. Mr. Mousley said, Lucy was heard to shout at the defendant: “This is all your fault” and “I have got a hold on you anyway.”
The jury was shown CCTV footage of Lucy walking to the sports center where her body was found the next morning.
Mr. Mousley said clothing was found in another woodland area and had DNA links to both Lucy and the defendant.
Nicholson denies the charges. The trial continues.