The man charged with the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp, in the UK has appeared in court once more. This time it was the Old Bailey but for 37-year-old Stuart Hazell it was an appearance by video link, once more. Such is the strength of feeling that Mr Hazell will not appear in person in Court until he really must.
Hazell is accused of killing Tia between August 2, when she was last seen, and August 11, when a body was found at her grandmother's house.
The case is expected to be a long drawn out affair. The next scheduled hearing will be on November 19, 2012. At that time Hazell will appear at the Old Bailey again, this time for a plea and case management hearing. No application for bail was made today and Hazell will remain in custody, probably throughout all of the trial.
Murder is a heinous crime but child murder ruffles many more feathers. People have been shocked by the crime and its nature. Mr Hazell was living as the partner of Tia's grandmother. The body which was discovered at her home was hidden in the loft. For the week that Tia was missing Hazell joined calls for her to come home and was seen visibly upset on TV.
The death of Tia has impacted hard on the local community in New Addington, Croydon, London.
Early indications are that the trial of Hazell will begin in late January 2012. The body has still not been officially identified and the post mortem remains incompete. The post mortem is due to continue on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
Flowers and memorials of remembrance have been placed near to Tia's grandmother's home. Her parents made individual visits to pay their respects. Her father Steve Carter said he just wanted justice for his daughter.
RIP and thoughts again with loved ones.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog