CCTV of Tia Sharp and Stuart Hazell
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Tia Sharp 'very close' to murder accused Stuart Hazell

Schoolgirl Tia Sharp was very close to the man accused of murdering her, her grandmother has told the Old Bailey.

Jurors were read a statement by Christine Bicknell, whose former partner Stuart Hazell is accused of murdering the 12-year-old.

She said: "I always thought she was coming home. It didn't cross my mind that he would hurt her. He loved Tia, she idolised him."

Mr Hazell, 37, of New Addington, south London denies Tia's murder.

Matt Prodger reports.

  • 08 May 2013
  • From the section UK