Stuart Hazell trial: Tia Sharp ‘idolised’ murder accused, court told

12:55 08 May 2013

Tia Sharp. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Tia Sharp. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Tia Sharp, the schoolgirl found dead in her grandmother’s house, “idolised” the man accused of murdering her and was “his cling-on”, a court heard today.

Court artist sketch of Stuart Hazell, accused of the murder of Tia Sharp as he sits in the dock at the Old Bailey in London watched by her mother Natalie. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA WireCourt artist sketch of Stuart Hazell, accused of the murder of Tia Sharp as he sits in the dock at the Old Bailey in London watched by her mother Natalie. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Jurors at the Old Bailey were read a statement by Tia’s grandmother, Christine Bicknell, whose former boyfriend, Stuart Hazell, is accused of murdering the 12-year-old between August 2 and August 10 last year.

Ms Bicknell’s statement said: “When Tia went missing it didn’t cross my mind that she could be dead.

“I always thought she was coming home. It didn’t cross my mind that he would hurt her. He loved Tia, she idolised him.

“I love Stuart with all my heart, he was my world, but my grandchildren always came first.”

The court heard that Tia would frequently stay at her grandmother’s house in New Addington and would ask Hazell if she could stay before she asked Ms Bicknell, the court heard.

In the statement, read by junior prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward, she said: “Tia will ask Stuart if she can stay for the weekend before she asks me.

“The majority of the time he has her more than what I do. She is his cling-on.”

Hazell, 37, of New Addington, denies the murder of Tia.

Her body was found in the loft of her grandmother’s house in New Addington a week after she went missing.

Ms Bicknell said all her grandchildren “loved him [Hazell] to pieces”.

She said she had thought back over her relationship and had not noticed any particular changes, nor had any worries about Hazell being around Tia.

Her statement said Hazell was not somebody she “dragged in from the street”, but had had a relationship with him for five and a half years.

She said: “Tia was not the sort of girl you could groom. She was a mouthy 12-year-old - you couldn’t force her to do anything.

“She is a mini Natalie (Tia’s mother), which is a mini-me.”

She added: “I knew nothing about her death. If I knew, he could be dead - I would be inside because I would have killed him.

“I found out the same time as everybody else, that Friday. I didn’t know anything.”

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