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PC Gordon Semple death: Stefano Brizzi denies killing officer found dismembered

Gordon Semple in the park Image copyright Gordon Semple
Image caption Gordon Semple served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years

A man has pleaded not guilty to killing Metropolitan Police officer Gordon Semple, whose dismembered body was found in a flat in south London.

PC Semple's body was discovered on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, a week after he went missing in April.

Stefano Brizzi, 50, has been charged with murder of the 59-year-old officer at Mr Brizzi's flat some time between 1 and 7 April.

A provisional trial date at the Old Bailey has been set for 18 October.

The officer, originally from Inverness, had served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years. He disappeared on 1 April.

Mr Brizzi appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

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