The 18-year-old was reported missing from the Leigham area of the city - where she lived - on Saturday 20 November, prompting a huge police search.
Three days later, her body was found by officers during a search in Bovisand.
Cody Ackland, 24, from Southway, has been charged with murdering the teenager some time between November 20 and November 23.
This morning (November 29), he appeared before the crown court for the first time at a bail hearing, having appeared before magistrates on Friday.
Dressed in a prison-issued yellow and green jumpsuit, Ackland spoke only to confirm his name.
There was no application for bail.
During the hearing Judge Robert Linford urged people to avoid inaccurate reporting and social media speculation.
“It is deeply hurtful to the family and others connected to this case,” he said.
“I ask please that people allow justice to take its course and refrain from posting or publishing material about the case which is not based upon evidence to be revealed in court.
"To do otherwise may impede or obstruct the course of justice and may cause hurt to the family.
"A similar plea made by the police has been substantially ignored and it should not have been.”
Ackland will next appear at Plymouth Crown Court for a pre trial hearing on January 24.