A care worker has been found guilty of murdering a schoolgirl he killed to prevent her revealing his year-long abuse of her. Stephen Nicholson, 25, was convicted of murder of 13-year-old Lucy McHugh as well as three counts of rape when she was 12. Nicholson was also found guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to another girl in 2012, who was aged 14.
An ‘execution-style’ killing
Lucy was lured by Nicholson to a wood close to the Southampton Sports Centre on July 25 last year, where he stabbed her 27 times in the neck and upper chest. Described by police as a 'predatory paedophile', Nicholson abused the “vulnerable” youngster for more than a year while living as a lodger at her family home. He then killed her when she threatened to reveal their sexual relationship and to tell her mother she was pregnant. A post-mortem examination showed that she was not pregnant at the time of her death. William Mousley QC, prosecuting, described the murder as premeditated, and an 'execution-style' killing.
The murder investigation was hampered when Nicholson refused to reveal his Facebook password and the social media giant delayed handing over details of communications between him and Lucy. This prompted calls from senior police and politicians for detectives to be given quicker access to social media accounts when investigating serious crimes.
McHugh 'told friend she loved man accused of murdering her' (The Guardian)
The Government’s proposals for a night-time ban on young drivers, has received a mixed response from road safety campaigners and motoring groups. Ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system for novice drivers in England amid figures showing a fifth are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel. Do you agree that young drivers should be banned from the roads? Read the full story (Yahoo News UK) and have your say below:
MPs vote to oppose suspending Parliament
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Fire-ravaged Premier Inn collapses onto road
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Cycling star Ruby Isaac smashed the #BottleCapChallenge from her bike saddle in Kettering, deftly knocking the cap off with a frisbee. After completing the challenge, she maneuvered her bike from her stationer roller trainer, and cycled towards the camera to give a jubilant thumbs-up. Ruby is just 11 years old, but she’s already appeared on NBC’s Little Big Shots and is an ambassador for the professional cycling team Trek-Segafredo. (Storyful)
Gatwick says it has abandoned plans to build an additional runway but will bring the airport's standby runway into "routine use" by 2020. The airport wants to get the second runway ready so it can be used alongside the main runway. If the plans are approved, the airport would aim to be serving around 70million passengers by the early 2030s, meaning the capacity would be increased by around 50 per cent. Read the full story here (Evening Standard)