Tia’s mum wants jail visit to ask killer why he did it

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The mother of Tia Sharp wants to visit Stuart Hazell in prison so she can ask why he killed her daughter, she said today.

Hazell, 37, was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years yesterday. He changed his plea to guilty on the fifth day of his trial at the Old Bailey, having forced 12-year-old Tia’s family to sit through days of shocking evidence, including a picture of her taken after she died.

He had claimed Tia was killed in an accident when she fell down the stairs, but the court heard that the window cleaner sexually assaulted her before murdering her and hiding her body in the loft of the home he shared with her grandmother Christine Bicknell.

Hazell had lived with Ms Bicknell in New Addington, south London, for more than five years before Tia died, and developed a twisted sexual attraction for the girl who often stayed with them, and filmed her as she slept.

Natalie Sharp, who briefly dated the convicted drug dealer before he began a relationship with her mother, told ITV’s Daybreak she would have one question for Hazell if she visited him: “Just – ‘why?’. But then, is he going to answer the questions? Then I want to put my hands around his throat.”

Ms Sharp said justice “will never be done” for Tia and that she wants Hazell to be “beaten, brought back and beaten again”.

Hazell murdered Tia when the pair were left alone on August 2 last year while Ms Bicknell worked a night shift.

Her blood was found on a sex toy in the house and his semen was on the bed clothes in the bedroom where she slept.

After he murdered the 12-year-old, Hazell wrapped her body in layers of plastic and hid it in the loft. It was not found until a week after Tia died due to two failed police searches of the loft.

Ms Sharp said Hazell had been trusted “100 per cent” with her children and that she had not known of his violent streak.

“He was like two different people,” she told Daybreak. “The person I thought we knew was soft and gentle and friendly, there wasn’t an inch of bad bone in him.”

Ms Bicknell, interviewed for a documentary Living With A Killer to air on ITV tonight at 7.30pm, said she thought the schoolgirl was safe being left with her partner, but now realises “she’d have been safer on the streets with a stranger”.

“He treated me like a queen,” she told the documentary. “I lived with a man that I loved with all my heart, that was my world.”