The murder of Tia Sharp was a high-profile case of child murder in the United Kingdom. The victim was a 12-year-old girl, Tia Sharp, (30 June 2000 – 3 August 2012), who was reported missing from and later found dead in the home of her grandmother in New Addington, London, in August 2012. After her body was discovered, police arrested her grandmother, Christine Sharp, and Christine's then-boyfriend, Stuart Hazell on suspicion of murder. Hazell was charged with Tia Sharp's murder on 12 August.
Five days into his trial at the Old Bailey in May 2013, Hazell changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with the judge setting a minimum term of 38 years.
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