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Man found guilty of murdering Lucy McHugh

Alert message sent 18/07/2019 16:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

The man accused of murdering 13-year-old Lucy McHugh was today found guilty. 

Stephen-Alan Paul Nicholson, aged 25, of no fixed abode, was also found guilty of sexual offences relating to Lucy and to a 14-year-old girl in 2012.

Lucy’s body was found in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on 26 July last year.

She had been stabbed a number of times and detectives launched a major investigation.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said:

“Our thoughts are with Lucy’s family and friends, who will never see her fulfil her hopes and dreams.

“Stephen Nicholson has been shown to be a predatory paedophile who lured a 13-year-old girl to her brutal death.

“This was a case that shocked the city and the support we received from the local community was excellent.”

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