An Italian man has pleaded not guilty to murdering a London police officer and dismembering his body after the two met on dating app Grindr.
Stefano Brizzi, 50, was charged with the murder of Metropolitan Police officer Gordon Semple, 59, after the policeman went missing in April.
The officer was reported missing by his partner on 1st April when he didn’t return home from work.
His body was discovered a week later when a neighbour reported a “smell of death” coming from the bins at the Peabody estate in Southwark, London.
Semple had last been seen at the luxury Shangri La hotel at the Shard in London.
And social worker Brizzi has been accused of murdering the policeman some time between 1st and 7th April at the Southwark estate.
The officer, originally from Inverness, Scotland, had been with the Metropolitan Police for 20 years.
Last week, Brizzi appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison and pleaded not guilty.
A provisional trial date has been set at the Old Bailey for the 18th October, with the trial expected to last three days.