THE trial of two men accused of causing grievous bodily harm to the partner of Lucy McHugh's mother is set to begin today.

Wayne Grant and Charlie Whitemore are due to appear at Southampton Crown Court today after Richard Elmes was allegedly assaulted outside Shayona News, in Windrush Road, on Sunday, July 21, last year.

Mr Elmes is the partner of the mother of teenage murder victim Lucy McHugh, who was stabbed to death at Southampton Sports Centre in 2018.

At an earlier hearing, Grant, 27, of Byron Road, and Whitemore, 22, of Waveney Green, both entered not guilty pleas to causing Mr Elmes grievous bodily harm.

Whitemore was granted conditional bail ahead of the start of the trial.

Grant was remanded in custody ahead of today.

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

Daily Echo:

In July last year the schoolgirl’s killer, Stephen Nicholson, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years.

Following a four week trial, Nicholson was found guilty of murdering the 13-year-old, whose body was found in a wooded area of Southampton Sports Centre in July 2018.

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.