Tia killer should hang, says father

Steven Carter, father of Tia Sharp, makes a statement, alongside his father Stephen (left) outside the Old Bailey in London after Stuart Hazell (below), the man accused of the murder of Tia (bottom) changed his plea to guilty.

Steven Carter, father of Tia Sharp, makes a statement, alongside his father Stephen (left) outside the Old Bailey in London after Stuart Hazell (below), the man accused of the murder of Tia (bottom) changed his plea to guilty.

0
Have your say

The father of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said her killer should “serve his time and then be hanged”.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Steven Carter said he was pleased Stuart Hazell had suddenly pleaded guilty to Tia’s murder, but did not see the conviction as “justice”.

Tia Sharp

Tia Sharp

Hazell changed his plea on the fifth day of his trial for killing 12-year-old Tia, which involved graphic evidence including a grotesque picture of the schoolgirl after she died.

Mr Carter said: “I’m glad that Stuart Hazell changed his plea to guilty. The four days of trial here were very hard to deal with, hearing the vile things Hazell did to Tia.”

Speaking yesterday, he said: “Hazell will be sentenced tomorrow. In my opinion it will not be enough. He should serve his time and then be hanged.

“I do not see today’s events as justice for Tia, merely a legal conviction. I would now ask to be left alone so I can grieve and put my life back together.”

Stuart Hazell

Stuart Hazell

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Tia’s mother Natalie Sharp said she wants to meet Hazell and for him to answer her questions. She said: “I gave the ultimate trust to Stuart.

“ I have so much I want to ask him.

“Sometimes I feel pity, but I want to hurt him, but I could never manage to hurt him like he hurt me. I want to meet him and I want him to answer my questions.”

During the trial, jurors were told how Hazell, the boyfriend of Tia’s grandmother Christine Bicknell, had secretly filmed Tia while she was asleep using his mobile phone, and had searched the internet for indecent pictures of children.

Senior investigating officer detective Chief Insp Nick Scola 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.

“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.”

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.