Stuart Hazell denies Tia Sharp murder

Stuart Hazell today denied killing 12-year-old Tia Sharp, his partner's granddaughter.

Hazell, 37, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh prison.

He pleaded not guilty to murdering Tia between August 2 and 10, last year.

Stuart Hazell, of New Addington, was remanded in custody to face trial on May 7. Credit: ITN

Tia's body was found in the loft at the house of Christine Sharp a week after she 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 was last seen at the house of Mr Hazell's partner Christine Sharp, Tia's grandmother, in Croydon. Credit: ITN