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Stuart Hazell Guilty: Tia Sharp's Father Says Killer Should Be Hung

13/05/2013 15:59 BST | Updated 13/05/2013 16:38 BST

The father of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said today her killer should "serve his time and then be hung".

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Steven Carter said he was pleased that Stuart Hazell had suddenly pleaded guilty to Tia's murder, but did not see the conviction as "justice".

Hazell changed his plea on the fifth day of his trial for killing 12-year-old Tia, which involved graphic evidence including a grotesque picture of the schoolgirl after she died.

Earlier, the murderer sat in the dock with his head bowed as the court heard Ms Sharp's victim impact statement and one from Tia's father, Steven Carter.

In it, Mr Carter said his daughter's murder had "shattered mine and my family's hearts" and robbed them of the chance to see her grow into a woman with a family of her own.

He will be sentenced on Tuesday morning.