The murderer of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh has been jailed for life – and will serve a minimum of 33 years behind bars.
Stephen Nicholson was yesterday found guilty of the “execution-style” killing of the 13-year-old.
Today Nicholson, who had been living in Lucy’s home as a lodger, was told he will serve at least 33 years in prison before being considered for release.
The tattoo artist was also found guilty of three counts of rape when Lucy was aged 12.
Sentencing Nicholson, the judge, Mrs Justice May, told him: “This was a pitiless attack on a child following months of sexual exploitation.
“The prosecution has described it as an execution and I am satisfied this is correct.
The combination of his cold narcissism and hot anger dictated that she had to be put out of the way and he saw to it that this was done.”
Nicholson, who showed no emotion, was also given 17-year concurrent prison sentences for each of the rape charges.