Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Tia Sharp's killer should be hanged, says father

Tia Sharp's body was found in the loft of her grandmother's house in New Addington, south London (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Tia Sharp's body was found in the loft of her grandmother's house in New Addington, south London (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Tia Sharp was found dead in August last year (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Tia Sharp was found dead in her grandmother's loft last August
Stuart Hazell has changed his plea to guilty in the trial of the murder of Tia Sharp
The cortege arrives for the funeral of schoolgirl Tia Sharp
Flowers and messages are left on the school gates at Raynes Park High School in Merton, South London, where Tia Sharp was a pupil
Tributes left for missing Tia Sharp, left near to the home of her grandmother Christine Sharp, after police found a body there
Floral tributes arrive at North East Surrey Crematorium in Morden, Surrey, for the funeral of Tia Sharp

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

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

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 he was glad that Hazell had changed his plea.

“The four days of trial here were very hard to deal with, hearing the vile things Hazell did to Tia,” he said yesterday.

“In my opinion it will not be enough. He should serve his time and then be hung.

“I would now ask to be left alone so I can grieve and put my life back together.”

In a victim impact statement read to court, Tia's mother Natalie Sharp said she wants to meet Hazell and for him to answer her questions.

She said: “Sometimes I feel pity, but I want to hurt him.”

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