13/08/2012 07:27 BST | Updated 13/08/2012 12:03 BST

Tia Sharp Murder: Stuart Hazell Appears In Court (PICTURES)

The man accused of murdering schoolgirl Tia Sharp was remanded in custody on Monday after appearing at court.

Stuart Hazell, 37, sounded emotional as he spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.

His voice cracked when he was asked to confirm his address, The Lindens, New Addington, south London, where Tia was found dead.

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Stuart Hazell, shown in this artist's impression, appeared in court via video link on Monday

Hazell appeared from Sutton police station by video link at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court, south east London.

Hazell was dressed in a blue T-shirt and sat alone at a table with a policewoman standing behind him.

No plea was entered to the charge, which accuses him of murdering the youngster between August 2 and 11.

Her body was found on Friday, a week after she was reported missing and after a search was launched for her.

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Grief: Natalie Sharp breaks down as she views tributes to her daughter

Hazell will appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, when there might be a bail application.

A further date for a preliminary hearing was recorded as November 19. No relatives appeared at court on Monday.


Hazell is the partner of Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp, 46.

She was arrested on suspicion of murder but bailed yesterday pending further inquiries along with her next door neighbour Paul Meehan, 39, who was bailed on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Despite visiting the terraced property on several occasions, investigators only discovered Tia's body on Friday evening.

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Tributes to the schoolgirl included candles, flowers and soft toys

Officers have apologised to Tia's mother, Natalie Sharp, for the delay in locating her body.

Yesterday the grieving mother wept as she left a tribute to her daughter alongside hundreds of flowers and cards which carpet the pavement near the 46-year-old grandmother's home.

A note believed to have been left by Ms Sharp, 30, read: "Our baby girl, we love you very much and always will.

"Sorry baby that this has happened, I wish I was there to protect you.

"We know you are safe now and you are at home with us everywhere we go. Love you, mum, dad, Jack and Harry. XXX".

A post-mortem examination on Tia's body was paused on Saturday night and is expected to recommence this week.

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