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.
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.