DNA of a murdered Lucy McHugh, 13, was found on a blood-stained hoodie 'dumped by family lodger'

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The DNA of a murdered schoolgirl was found on a blood-stained hoodie allegedly dumped by a care worker after he brutally stabbed her to death, a court heard today.

Stephen Nicholson, 25, is accused of repeatedly stabbing Lucy McHugh in the neck and upper body at Southampton Sports Centre before leaving her to die last July.

Scientist - Jurors - Today - DNA - Samples

A forensic scientist told jurors today that as well as the 13-year-old's DNA, samples were also recovered from the item of clothing that matched her alleged murderer.

The court also heard samples taken from blue surgical gloves which were recovered with the burnt hoodie are 'one billion times more likely' to have come from Nicholson than anyone else.

Prosecutors - Nicholson - Clothing - Lucy - Relationship

Prosecutors say Nicholson, 25, dumped the clothing shortly after he lured Lucy, who he had a sexual relationship with, to secluded woodland and murdered her in July last year.

The court also heard Nicholson, who was a lodger in the house Lucy shared with her mother, Stacey White, and her stepfather, Richard Elmes, stabbed the teenager almost 30 times in a frenzied attack after she told him she was pregnant.

Today - Scientist - Jessica - Adby - Lucy

Today forensic scientist Jessica Adby revealed Lucy's and Nicholson's DNA was found on the blue Russell Athletic hoodie recovered at a site one mile from where Lucy was found dead.

Ms Adby, a body fluid and blood pattern analysis expert, said a DNA profile matching Lucy's found in a blood stain on the small mens hoodie is '310 million times more likely' to have come from her than anyone else.

Scientist - Years - Experience - Winchester - Crown

The scientist, who has 18 years' experience, told Winchester Crown Court, Hants, that when analysing Nicholson's DNA from the blood stain it shows it is 93 times more likely to have originated from him than anyone else.

Ms Adby said: 'We found areas of blood stains on the front, the upper right sleeve, around...
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