REGIONAL: Lucy McHugh murder suspect expected to enter plea over Facebook password refusal 

Undated handout file photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of Lucy McHugh, whose body was found at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26. Hampshire Constabulary/PA Wire
Undated handout file photo issued by Hampshire Constabulary of Lucy McHugh, whose body was found at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26. Hampshire Constabulary/PA Wire

THE MAN suspected of murdering schoolgirl Lucy McHugh is expected to enter a plea over a charge of failing to provide his Facebook password to police investigating her death.

Stephen-Alan Nicholson, 24, will appear on a video-link at Southampton Crown Court on Friday morning charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa).

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He is alleged to have refused access to his Facebook to detectives investigating any private messages sent between himself and the 13-year-old.

Lucy, of Mansel Road, Southampton, was found in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26 having been stabbed to death.

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Nicholson, a carer, was first arrested by Hampshire police on suspicion of murder and sexual activity of a child.

He was bailed before being charged under Ripa, which could see him face up to two years' imprisonment if guilty.