Stuart Hazell admits killing Tia Sharp on day 5 of trial

Stuart Hazell admits killing Tia Sharp on day 5 of trial

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Stuart
Hazell and Tia Sharp

Stuart Hazell has this
morning admitted killing 12 year-old Tia Sharp. Hazell was
going into day 5 of his trial at the Old Bailey when the charge was
put again and a guilty plea entered. After four days of prosecution
evidence, Hazell’s barrister said that his client didn’t want to
put Tia’s family through the process any longer. Until today Hazell
has always protested his innocence, saying Tia had died falling
down the stairs and that he hid the body as he panicked. Last
week the jury heard details of Tia’s body being found wrapped in a
sheet and bin bags in her grandmother’s loft. Hazell’s semen
was found on her bed and on her night clothes, her blood was also
found on her bed and on a belt worn by Hazell at the point of
arrest. Hazell is to be sentenced tomorrow and this post will be
updated. More on the case can be found here.

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Sara is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers practising in crime.

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