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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 to be sentenced today after plea change

Hazell, 37, admitted murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp (right). Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Stuart Hazell will be sentenced today for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp after suddenly changing his plea mid-trial.

The 37-year-old dramatically admitted to murdering the schoolgirl on the fifth day of his trial.

Previous denials meant that Tia's family were forced to sit through days of disturbing and graphic evidence, her mother Natalie Sharp leaving the court room in tears numerous times.

Hazell abruptly changed his mind and entered a guilty plea to the murder charge as the prosecution was drawing to a close.

His decision means Tia's family will never get to hear his explanation of what happened to the schoolgirl.

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