A man accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Lucy McHugh has been remanded into custody

Care worker Stephen-Alan Nicholson, 24, was remanded in custody at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

The body of the 13-year-old was found in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26. She had been stabbed to death.

Stephen-Alan Nicholson, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.