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Monday, 13 May 2013

Stuart Hazell pleads guilty to Tia Sharp's murder




A judge at the Old Bailey has adjouned sentencing of Stuart Hazell until tomorrow morning at 10.30, after he admitted murdering 12 year old Raynes Park High pupil Tia Sharp.

The 37 year old changed his plea to guilty earlier today.

The youngster was found in the loft of her Grandmother's house in New Addington last August, a week after going missing.



Extensive searches of the property in New Addington, where Tia was found after three searches, revealed a memory card hidden in a gap at the top of a door frame [pictured below].

On it was an image of a girl on Tia's bed - pathologists revealed it was taken after death - and images of girls aged around eight to 11 in sexually provocative poses. Hazell had also searched incest and paedophile websites from his phone. There was also footage of Tia rubbing sun cream into her legs and asleep in bed.



Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt is outside the Old Bailey.

He has copies of the family impact statements that were read out in court.



Ian Woods takes a look at back at the case that shocked South London.

Warning: audio contains graphic content



Tia's father Steven Carter also made a short statement outside court.



Senior Investigating Officer DCI Nick Scola, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said:

The conviction today of Stuart Hazell for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp in August 2012 will, I hope, bring some closure for her family who have seen justice served. However, Hazell’s conviction will never bring Tia back and her family will have to live with her loss for the rest of their lives.

Tia was murdered by a man who had gained the trust of Tia’s family and who, on that day, was tasked with looking after her whilst her grandmother was at work. Hazell abused that position of trust by planning an assault on Tia that ultimately led to her murder.

The evidence was overwhelming and clearly Hazell realised he had no choice but to plead guilty. However, he put Tia's family through a week of heart-breaking evidence in court and I wish for their sakes he had admitted his guilt sooner.

Hazell is an extremely dangerous individual who poses a significant threat to young girls and it is only right that he should be imprisoned and removed from society so that he can no longer pose any risk.

I would like to pay tribute to Tia’s family for showing such courage and stamina throughout this horrendous ordeal - from the time of the murder through to the conviction - and I truly hope they can move forward with their lives in the knowledge that Hazell will now pay for his crime.
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