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13 April 2016, 11:37
MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR MURDER OF PC GORDON SEMPLE
An Italian man accused of murdering a police officer from Kent has been told he'll go on trial in the autumn.
The remains of PC Gorden Semple from Greenhithe were found at a flat in south London earlier this month.
Stefano Brizzi is accused of killing the 59 year old at his flat in south London earlier this month.
The 49 year old appeared in court earlier - with a judge at the Old Bailey setting a timetable for the case and a provisional trial date for October 28th.
Bearded Brizzi appeared in court wearing dark sunglasses and a grey tracksuit, and was flanked by three dock officers.
A plea and case management hearing was fixed for June 29.
The defendant was remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing on April 20.
Pc Semple was originally from Inverness in Scotland and had been with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years.
He 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.