A CROWN court date has been set for two men who allegedly carried out an attack on murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh's mother's partner.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, Richard Elmes was taken to hospital after an incident outside a convenience store in Windrush Road, Southampton, on Sunday.

Two men were arrested following the incident.

Wayne Anthony Grant, 27, of Byron Road, Southampton, and Charlie Michael Whitemore, 22, of Waveney Green, Southampton, were charged with an allegation of causing grievous bodily harm.

Both were due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Grant pleaded not guilty to the allegation.

Whitemore did not enter a plea, according to police.

Both are now due to appear at Southampton Crown Court on August 27.

As previously reported, Mr Elmes is the partner of Stacey White, who is the mother of murdered schoolgirl Lucy McHugh.

Last week, the schoolgirl’s killer, Stephen Nicholson, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 33 years.

He was found guilty of murdering the teenager, whose body was found in a wooded area of Southampton Sports Centre in July last year.

The 25-year-old, of no fixed address, was also found guilty of three counts of rape against Lucy when she was 12 and a count of sexual with activity with another girl, who was 14.