A student blockaded her room entryway to stop her mom’s “brutal” tenant, who is blamed for her homicide, from coming in around evening time, a court has heard.

Lucy McHugh, 13, was later found cut to death close Southampton Outdoor Sports Center in July 2018.

Members of the jury were likewise told the young lady’s family had requested that her school companion slap her “on a few events”.

Stephen Nicholson, 25, denies Lucy’s homicide.

Lucy’s companion, who can’t be named, said she was “truly stressed” when Lucy advised her in 2017 she had a “beau” who was “a 23 or 24-year-old” who “took her virginity”, Winchester Crown Court heard.

“She looked extremely awkward and nearly terrified,” the companion said in a video meeting played in court.

She said concerns regarding Mr Nicholson were rejected as “dream land” by Lucy’s mom.


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Stephen Nicholson denies Lucy’s homicide

Afterward, Lucy trusted in the young lady once more, the jury heard.

“She revealed to me Stephen’s drinking and smoking weed was deteriorating and he was getting progressively savage with her.

“Around about fourteen days before she kicked the bucket she revealed to me Stephen was slapping her.

“I asked whether she disclosed to Stacey [Lucy’s mother]. She said she did, however Stacey advised her to escape her dream land since it would destroy somebody’s life.

“At that point seven days before she kicked the bucket she disclosed to me Stephen got truly alcoholic and high and attempted to get into her room and to stop him she put her bed against the entryway.”

At the point when asked by indictment counselor William Mousley QC how Lucy was from that point forward, the observer answered: “Scared.”

‘Hurling her about’

The young lady said she quit bringing worries up in request to “ensure” Lucy from her family.

“Her mum began getting physical with her, hurling her about,” the young lady said.

“On a few events they approached me to slap her for lying however I never put a hand on her, I would not do it.”

At the point when addressed in court, the observer conceded she had not at first informed police regarding occasions she later portrayed in her video meet.

James Newton-Price QC, safeguarding, asked her whether she truly had been approached to slap Lucy by her family.

“Truly… about things she was stating at school about her and Stephen,” the young lady demanded.

The lawyer inquired as to whether she had addressed whether the room blockade truly occurred.

“No, I trusted her,” she answered.

Mr Nicholson additionally precludes three charges from claiming assaulting Lucy when she was 12 and two checks of sexual action with a tyke once she had turned 13.

The consideration laborer, earlier of Mansel Road East, likewise denies sexual action with a 14-year-old young lady in 2012.

The preliminary proceeds.


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