April 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Stuart Hazell is to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp.
The 37-year-old yesterday changed his plea at the Old Bailey, in the second week of his trial for the murder.
Tia’s body was found in her grandmother Christine Bicknell’s house in New Addington last August.
Ms Bicknell, who was in a relationship with Hazell for five and a half years when Tia died, said she felt she had failed her granddaughter.
She told the Daily Mirror: “I spent five nights in that house being cuddled and comforted by the man I loved, praying for Tia to come home safely.
“Her mum , Natalie, even came round and stayed with us because we were holding each other together.
“But all the time Tia’s body was above our heads, all alone wrapped in bin bags...and Stuart had killed her.”
Ms Bicknell rubbished Hazell’s claims that his guilty plea was to spare the family from any more suffering, describing his reason as “sick and pathetic”.
She told the Mirror she wanted her former partner to suffer, and to “go through the hell” her family is currently experiencing.