Tia Sharp Murder: Stuart Hazell Appears In Court

The man accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp appeared at the Old Bailey today and was further remanded in custody.

Stuart Hazell, 37, was remanded to a plea and case management hearing on March 8.

He appeared by videolink from Belmarsh prison, south London, for the brief hearing.

Tia Sharp's body was found a week after she was reported missing

A trial date has been fixed for May 7 at the Old Bailey.

Hazell, from New Addington, south London, is charged with murdering the schoolgirl between August 2 and 11 last year.

Tia's body was found at her grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington a week after she was reported missing. Hazell is the partner of Ms Sharp, 46.

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Stuart Hazell photographed in August 2012