The man accused of murdering south London schoolgirl Tia Sharp has appeared at the Old Bailey.
Stuart Hazell, who 37, from New Addington, is charged with murdering the 12-year-old between August 2 and 11.
He appeared via video-link from Belmarsh prison in south east London, wearing an orange T-shirt and sitting next to a prison officer. He only spoke to confirm his identity and that he could understand proceedings. No application for bail was made.
Hazell was remanded in custody and will appear for a plea and case management hearing at the same court on November 19.
Tia's body was found at her grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington last Friday, a week after she was reported missing.
A provisional trial date for Hazell was set for January 21 next year.
Tia Sharp's family were referred to social services by police and other agencies over issues surrounding abuse of drugs and a disturbance.
Stuart Hazell heard the charges against him read out via video link as he sat alone at a table in Sutton police station.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Tia Sharp have charged her grandmother's partner with murder.