Sexually abused and murdered by her grandmother's lover, the horrific fate of Tia Sharp five years on
Killed and sexually abused by a man she was meant to trust, the twisted murder of Tia Sharp shook the nation five years ago.
Murdered by her grandmother's lover Stuart Hazell, who used to date her own mum, Tia's initial disappearance sparked a nationwide hunt - when in reality she was wrapped in sheets in their loft, just floors above the search party.
It took nine days for bungling cops to discover the 12-year-old's body in the loft, despite officers searching the area in the first 24 hours.
Described by a trial judge as a "sparky girl who was full of life", her killer was deemed... read more
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