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Tia Sharp: Stuart Hazell Denies Girl's Murder
The man who is accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp has pleaded not guilty in court.
Stuart Hazell, 37, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh prison.
He denied murdering Tia, the granddaughter of his partner Christine Sharp, between August 2 and 10 last year.
Hazell, of New Addington, south London, was remanded in custody to face trial at the same court on May 7.
Tia's body was found in the loft at the house, where Hazell and Christine Sharp lived, a week after the girl was reported missing.
Her disappearance sparked searches by police and members of the public.
But the body was missed when the attic was first searched.
Tia's mother, Natalie Sharp, was in court with her partner, and Tia's father, Stephen Carter, watched from the public gallery.
Hazell wore a black T-shirt and gold necklace. He leant forward as the clerk asked him to confirm his name.
The trial is expected to last for two weeks.
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