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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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Stuart Hazell: 'I'm not like Ian Huntley'

The man accused of murdering London schoolgirl Tia Sharp told a prison officer that her death was an accident and insisted "I'm not like Ian Huntley", a court has heard.

Prison officer Warren Fegan, who was working at Belmarsh when Stuart Hazell was taken there in August last year, told the Old Bailey the 37-year-old denied "anything sexual" had happened between him and Tia.

Stuart Hazell denies the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp. Credit: Press Association

Hazell is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering the 12-year-old between August 2 and 10 last year, which he denies.

Mr Fegan said: "He was saying 'I'm not like Ian Huntley, it was nothing sexual, I'm not a nonce'."He was saying that the press was trying to make it look like it was sexual but it wasn't. He was saying that he loved his stepchildren (sic).

"He said that it was an accident, she had fallen down stairs and broken her neck."

In 2002 school caretaker Ian Huntley murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who were both ten years old.

Prosecutors claim Hazell killed Tia and hid her body in the loft of the house that he shared with the youngster's grandmother, Christine Bicknell.

Mr Fegan said: "He said that he didn't know what to do and he picked her up and took her upstairs and laid her on the bed, and he thought that she would get better."He didn't know what to do, so he wrapped her in a sheet and put her in the loft."

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