Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp's mother and grandmother to stand trial on race attack charges
Published 04/08/2015 | 13:25
The mother and grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp are to stand trial accused of a racially aggravated attack on a woman in a supermarket car park.
Natalie Sharp, 33, and Christine Bicknell, 49, appeared in court over an alleged incident at a Lidl superstore in Wallington, south London, on April 18.
Wearing a black vest top and patterned trousers, Sharp, of Canterbury Road, Morden, pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated common assault. She is accused of shouting at the woman and pushing her in the face, leaving her with bruises.
Bicknell, of Torrington Square, Croydon, wearing a white T-shirt, pleaded not guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence over alleged racist comments.
They elected to have their case sent to Crown Court for trial and were released on conditional bail to appear next at Croydon Crown Court on August 18. They made no comment as they left court.
Tia Sharp was 12 when she was murdered in New Addington, south-east London, in August 2012. Stuart Hazell was jailed for 38 years for her murder the following May.
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