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article imageStuart Hazell is being held in Belmarsh Prison

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By Melissa Horrocks
Aug 16, 2012 in Crime
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Merton - Stuart Hazell, the man charged with the murder of 12 year old Tia Sharp, is receiving death threats in Belmarsh Prison, where he is being held on the secure unit.
Mail Online reports, Tia Sharp's mother was struck by grief as she visited her daughter's memorial. Meanwhile, Stuart Hazell is being kept under 24 hour watch, in jail, due to death threats from inmates. Stuart Hazell is allegedly in high security, Belmarsh prison.
Hazell is currently in isolation at Belmarsh prison, due to inmates sending death threats, it is claimed. Some of the worst criminals are kept at Belmarsh Prison, in Woolwich, South East London. Hazell, who is 37 years old, is being held in a secure wing, which is Category A, where all the rapists and pedophiles are kept.
He appeared at the Old Bailey by video-link. Meanwhile Natalie Sharp and David Niles placed flowers down at the memorial, weeping inconsolably.
The note with the flowers read, "missing you, baby girl, we love you, we miss you, always Mum, Dad, Boys'"
Screams can be heard from inmates shouting out death threats, directed at Stuart Hazell. A spokesman from the Ministry of Justice refused to say what prison, Hazell was being kept in. However, other sources claim that he is being held in Belmarsh Prison.
A shower of flowers are placed in front of Tia's Grandparent's home, where the body was found. Messages and flowers have been left at Raynes Park High School in Merton, where Tia studied.
Stuart Hazell will not face trial until next January, over Tia's murder. Clothed in an orange t-shirt, black trousers and heavily tattooed, Hazell spoke to confirm his name and that he could hear the proceedings, but for the rest of the time he sat emotionless throughout the ten minute hearing.
Top barrister, Lord Alex Carlile QC, is representing Hazell. Lord Carlile successfully defended Princess Diana's Butler Paul Burrell, and conducted a review of the government's anti-terror legislation. Furthermore, Hazell is in receipt of legal aid for both his QC and a junior counsel.
Lord Carlile warned: "We do not know what the case against this defendant is, there has been some speculation in the media for example about the cause of death but there is no evidence whatsoever, it is no more than speculation. It would be dangerous and possibly foolish to to indulge in speculation that may run the risk of prejudicing a fair trial. We have no idea what the issues will be until we have at least the scientific evidence"
Although the trial date has been provisionally set for January 2013, Hazell will enter his pleas on November 19th.
A pathologist that examined Tia's body found no obvious serious injuries to her body, which leads one to believe that she may have been smothered or strangled. When the body was initially examined, there were signs of bruising, but forensic experts have been hampered by the poorly decomposed state of the body.
Tia's father, Steve Carter, has demanded that justice be done for his little girl. Mr Carter, aged 30 said, "I just want to get justice for my daughter, the proper way." He spoke about the time, he saw her last. That she jumped into his arms and told her all about school.
The body of Tia Sharp has been formally identified. Once the initial postmortem examination had been completed, Stuart Hazell had a right to request a second postmortem by a pathologist of his choice. The coroner asked that, if Hazell requested for another postmortem, then it be carried out as soon as possible so the body could be returned to the family, according to The Guardian.
A source who visited the prison informed the paper yesterday: “Everyone in the kitchen was talking about him arriving.
When the corpse was discovered, it was wrapped in a black bed sheet and hidden in a bin liner. Merton council in South London has opened a serious case review into the reason why agencies like, social services were not involved in Tia Sharp's welfare. When the death of a child due to abuse or neglect is suspected, such investigations are standard, according to The Week.
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