Tia Sharp murder: Court hears Hazell took photo of Croydon schoolgirl dead in her bed


Stuart Hazell is accused of murdering Tia Sharp last August.

By SWLondoner staff 

The man accused of murdering Croydon schoolgirl Tia Sharp took a photograph of the 12-year-old dead on her bed, the Old Bailey heard today.

Stuart Hazell, the former boyfriend of Tia’s grandmother, denies killing Tia, who was reported missing on 3 August 2012.

Her body, wrapped in a sheet and bin bags, was found in the loft of her grandmother’s house a week after she went missing.

During the first day of the trial, the jury heard that Hazell allegedly had a sexual attraction to the schoolgirl.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC showed jurors an image of a child, alleged to be Tia, on her bed at her grandmother’s house, with blood clearly seen on the bed linen.

Mr Edis also said that it was sensible to suggest Tia had died sometime after 00:42, as that was when she sent her last BBM to a friend.

“After that, the prosecution say, she did not use her mobile phone ever again,” Mr Edis said.

The photograph of her allegedly dead on the bed was taken at 03:00 at the earliest, but more likely at about 06:00 that day.

During searches of the house, two memory cards were found containing extensive pornography featuring young girls, as well as images and videos of Tia sleeping in her bedroom.

Mr Hazell denies the murder and claims Tia fell down the stairs and died, after which he put her body in the attic.

The jurors were told they will have to decide whether Mr Hazell is guilty of murder, or whether Tia died in an accident.

Those present in court were warned them they will find some of the evidence distressing, with Tia’s mother Natalie walking out of the court in tears following some of the revelations.

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