Two men charged over attack on murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh’s stepdad

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Two men have been charged with an attack on the stepfather of murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh.

Richard Elmes, 22, was left with injuries to his head and arm following the attack outside a convenience store in Southampton on Sunday.

Hampshire Police said Mr Elmes was taken to hospital but later discharged.

Wayne Grant, 27, of Byron Road, and Charlie Whitemore, 22, of Waveney Green, have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and are due to appear at Southampton Crown Court on August 27.

Lucy, 13, was found stabbed to death in woodland near Southampton Sports Centre on July 26 last year.

Her mother Stacey White is believed to have been given protection and has asked to be allowed to grieve in peace.

Ms White told the Southern Daily Echo: ‘All I want is for us to be able to process all we have heard in court and grieve for our little girl, not have to live how these people are making us.’

Last week Lucy’s killer Stephen Nicholson was jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court.

Nicholson, 25, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 33 years for murder, three counts of rape against Lucy when she was 12, and sexual activity with another girl aged 14.

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