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Tia Sharp's mother asks 'why?'

The mother of Tia Sharp has spoken exclusively to Daybreak about her daughter's killer. Stuart Hazell was jailed for life at the Old Bailey with a minimum term of 38 years after finally admitting the murder of schoolgirl Tia Sharp.

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Hazell committed an 'appalling and unthinkable crime'

This was an appalling and unthinkable crime, made worse by Hazell’s efforts to hide Tia’s body and disrupt the police investigation. As an adult and trusted family member, he had responsibility for ensuring Tia’s safety. Instead, he abused and murdered her.

As the details of this case unfolded in the trial, it became increasingly clear that Hazell had little choice but to plead guilty. This was strong case, jointly prepared by the CPS and the police, and I would like to pay tribute to the prosecution and police teams.

We recognise that this is an extremely distressing time for the family and I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and fortitude throughout this case. I hope that this prosecution provides some small measure of comfort for them at this time.

– Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London

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