An Italian social worker today denied murdering a policeman he met him on gay dating app Grindr.
Stefano Brizzi, 50, is accused of strangling PC Gordon Semple, 59, before dismembering his body and dumping the pieces in the communal bins of his block of flats in south London.
Neighbours contacted the police complaining of a smell of death a week after the officer disappeared.
PC Semple, from Dartford, Kent was reported missing by his partner Gary Meeks on Friday 1 April when he failed to come home from work.
Balding Brizzi, appeared at the Old Bailey today by videolink from Belmarsh prison wearing a pink shirt over a white T-shirt and dark jeans.
The bespectacled defendant sat with his hands clasped over his chest throughout the brief hearing.
He shook his head and replied not guilty in an Italian accent when the charge was put to him by the court clerk. Brizzi faces trial next month.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told an earlier hearing: The Crown allege the defendant strangled the victim then dismembered his body and disposed of some of the remains in the communal waste bins and in other ways.
The officer, originally from Inverness, Scotland, had worked in the banking industry before joining the Metropolitan Police.
He was attached to a Westminster Council anti-social behaviour unit.
Brizzi of Bermondsey, south east London, was remanded in custody and is yet to enter a plea to a charge of murder.
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