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

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.

Friday, 31st August 2018, 8:43 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
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

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.

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

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.