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Tia Sharp's killer should be hanged, says father

By Margaret Davis and David Wilcock

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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