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Girl, 13, ‘pregnant when she was murdered’

Diary: Lucy McHugh is said to have kept a record of her sexual relationship with  Nicholson PICTURE: PA

A CARE worker murdered a 13-year-old schoolgirl he had been having sex with for a year after she told him she was pregnant, a court heard.

Stephen Nicholson, 25, is accused of repeatedly stabbing Lucy McHugh in the neck and upper body in woods before leaving her to die last year. Nicholson, who was a lodger at Lucy’s Southampton home, allegedly raped her when she was 12 and continued to sexually abuse her when she was 13.

He is also charged with having sex with another 14-year-old girl in 2012. He denies all charges. William Mousley QC, prosecuting, told Winchester crown court Lucy kept a diary describing their ‘increasingly violent’ sex. She wrote: ‘He would make me or rape me anyway.’

The trial continues.