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Man accused of killing and dismembering police officer he met on gay dating website

Killed: Gordon Semple
Killed: Gordon Semple

A man accused of strangling and dismembering a police officer he met on gay dating website Grindr is to appear in court to enter a plea.

Italian Stefano Brizzi, 50, allegedly murdered 59-year-old Pc Gordon Semple at his London flat some time between April 1 and April 7.

The officer went missing on April 1 and his remains were discovered a week later after a neighbour alerted Scotland Yard to a "smell of death" coming from a property on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, south London.

Mr Semple was originally from Inverness in Scotland and had been with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years.

Brizzi is due to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC has already set a provisional date for Brizzi to face trial on October 18.