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1 Stephen Nicholson court case

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.

The evil 25-year-old was scared she would reveal his year-long campaign of sexual abuse against her.

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.

He was also jailed for nine months to run concurrently for the offence of sexual activity with a child in relation to another girl aged 14 in 2012.

Lucy was lured by Nicholson to woodland at the outdoor Southampton Sports Centre on July 25 last year where he stabbed her 27 times in the neck and upper chest…Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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