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Tia Sharp: Stuart Hazell To Face Trial In May

The man accused of murdering schoolgirl Tia Sharp cannot be tried until the spring, a judge has ruled.

Stuart Hazell, from New Addington, south London, was not present for the hearing at the Old Bailey, at which Mr Justice Fulford fixed a trial date of May 7.

The 37-year-old is expected to enter a plea on March 8.

Hazell is charged with murdering 12-year-old Tia in August 2012.

The youngster's body was found at her grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington a week after she was reported missing.

Hundreds of mourners dressed in black and pink lined the streets for her funeral in September.