Stuart Hazell jailed for at least 38 years for murder of Tia Sharp


Stuart Hazell has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp.

The 37-year-old shocked the Old Bailey yesterday by dramatically changing his plea to guilty, having put Tia’s family through five days of horrific revelations about her death.

Ms Justice Nicol told the court it would be almost four decades before Hazell would become eligible for parole.

Jurors heard during the trial how Hazell had put Tia into a sexual pose after her death and taken a photo of her body, as the schoolgirl’s mother Natalie Sharp left the court in tears several times.

Hazell, who had briefly dated Ms Sharp, had been in a relationship with her mother – Tia’s grandmother Christine Bicknell – for five-and-a-half years when Tia died.

He moved into Ms Bicknell’s house in New Addington, south London, a week after the pair got together, but…

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