A social worker accused of murdering Lucy McHugh said the schoolgirl's statements that he would have her pregnant were "absurd".

Stephen Nicholson, homeless, is accused of repeatedly stabbing the 13-year-old at the Southampton Sports Center, before letting her die on July 25 of last year.

The accused, dressed in a white shirt with visible tattoos on his forehead and neck, told Winchester Crown Court that the night before Lucy's death, he had received a Facebook message from # 39; teenager.

He said: "I received a message from Lucy on Facebook stating that she was going to tell her mother that she was pregnant and I did it unless I met her. at Mansel Park. "

Nicholson accused Lucy McHugh of exposing tendencies similar to those of the stalker

"She was just inventing stuff, trying to get into trouble, it was just nonsense." From memory, I handed something like "Yeah, whatever."

Nicholson said he had become a tenant at Lucy's with his mother, Stacey White, and his father-in-law, Richard Elmes, in 2017.

He stated that he did not get along well with the teenager and described her as "stalkerish", claiming that her clothes would go missing before ending up in her room.

The defendant said: "We did not get along, everything that is going on disappeared, she would follow me all over the house, always trying to embarrass me and involve me in activities that were not related to her. . "

Nicholson said that he had not agreed with Lucy McHugh

The tattooist said he wrote an SMS telling him that he would pay a group of girls to beat Lucy because he was "angry" after "she tried to grab me" and "tried to push me in the stairs".

Nicholson said that on another occasion in the kitchen: "She stood up against me, I pushed her away and told her to fuck herself." Richard came in and said, " What are you doing, bitch? "

He stated that he had not seen any notes and diary entries written by Lucy about sexual activities with him or that she had told peers of class that he was his boyfriend.

He also rejected claims that she was pregnant and had an abortion as "nonsense".

Nicholson added: "Stacey has had many phone calls, had to talk to social services and all that was said to me, is that my name was mentioned, but that all has been settled. "

Nicholson denied having put the teenager pregnant

The father of one child told the court that he smoked and sold cannabis, making more than £ 500 a week.

He said Lucy was aware of her addiction to drugs.

He stated that he had left Lucy's home last weekend, before his death, after arguments and after the teenager shouted to him: "I hold you", which he says, referred to cannabis.

The defendant denied having sex with a 14 – year – old girl in June 2012 in the sports center forest and said that he only had a tattoo attributed to him. teenager, for which he was subsequently fined.

Nicholson admitted that he sometimes had "choking" when having sex with women.

He explained: "It's applying pressure on the side of the neck and not on the trachea-artery during sexual activity.This may give a more intense sensation during sexual activity."

He added that he also had a Prince Albert who pierced his penis.

Nicholson is accused of killing the 13-year-old

The accused stated that the tattoo was a "hobby" and that he was not earning money.

He also talked about his collection of reptiles that, over time, included 12 pythons, as well as chameleons, geckos, corn snakes and snakes.

The defendant, aged 25, is charged with the murder of Lucy and three counts of rape against her at the age of 12 years.

He also faces a charge of sexual activity with a child against Lucy several times, at the age of 13 years.

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The jury was sentenced to make a non-guilty under another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to Lucy.

Nicholson is also charged with sexual activity with a child in relation to another 14 year old girl, dated June 29, 2012.

He denies the charges and the trial continues.

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