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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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'Shame and fear' may have driven Hazell to kill

It was very likely that Stuart Hazell smothered Tia Sharp, the 12-year-old schoolgirl that he admits killing, said Mr Justice Nichol as he was sentencing him.

He said that she was "a sparky girl, full of life" who idolised Hazell and he had taken her life.

Stuart Hazell Credit: Press Association

The Judge said that it was a terrible crime against a very young girl but he did not accept that sexual motivation had been proved beyond doubt. There was no doubt that he had sexual conduct of some kind with Tia and it could have been "shame and fear" that made him kill her.

He was given life with 38 years minimum.

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