THE stepfather of murdered Southampton schoolgirl Lucy McHugh was attacked outside a convenience store two days after the teenager's killer was jailed for life, a jury were told.

Wayne Grant, 28, and Charlie Whitemore, 22, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm against Richard Elmes outside the Arrow News, also known as Shayona News, in Millbrook.

Mr Elmes suffered a broken elbow in the incident on July 21 last year, the court heard.

Dan Sawyer, prosecuting, told Southampton Crown Court that the incident happened two days after Stephen Nicholson was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 33 years, for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Lucy in July 2018,

Mr Elmes was the stepfather of the murdered schoolgirl and friend of Nicholson who was a lodger at their family home.

Mr Sawyer said: "This case has some links to someone called Stephen Nicholson who was convicted of the rape and murder of Lucy McHugh.

"Lucy's stepfather is a man called Richard Elmes and on July 21 last year, a couple of days after Stephen Nicholson was sentenced to life imprisonment, Charlie Whitemore saw Richard Elmes and saw him go to a shop called Arrow News and Whitemore decided this was a fine opportunity for him to make a scene and make this more about him.

"So he got out his phone and started to video."

(The video shown to jury members in court. Grant is seen in a grey jumper, while Whitemore is filming)

The jury was shown the mobile phone footage which started with Whitemore saying "watch this" before he is heard shouting and swearing at Mr Elmes.

Mr Sawyer said that Whitemore also kicked Mr Elmes and threw something at him.

He added that Grant, who did not know Whitemore, was initially a "peacemaker" but became involved when Mr Elmes appeared to throw something at him.

Mr Sawyer said: "Whitemore saw Mr Elmes and decided to cause trouble, Grant, initially the peacemaker, reacts to something done by Mr Elmes, and reacts in a way we would say was retaliation.

"Grant threw him to the ground, causing his broken elbow, and they both kicked him."

Grant, of Byron Road, Southampton and Whitemore, of Waveney Green, Southampton, deny causing grievous bodily harm.

Whitemore has pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of assault by beating in connection with the same incident, but that has not been accepted by the prosecution.

The trial continues.