Stefano Brizzi denies murdering policeman Gordon Semple at London flat after Grindr meeting

Man denies murdering a policeman in his London flat after meeting on dating app Grindr

Stefano Brizzi has denied the murder of policeman Gordon Semple

Friday, September 9, 2016

A man who is accused of strangling and dismembering a policeman has denied murder, after meeting on gay dating website Grindr.

Italian Stefano Brizzi allegedly killed Gordon Semple at his London flat some time between April 1 and April 7.

The police officer went missing on April 1 and remained undiscovered until a week later, when a neighbour alerted Scotland Yard to a "smell of death" coming from a property on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, South London.

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

Brizzi appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Belmarsh Prison. He sat with his hands together and spoke only to confirm his identity and plead not guilty to one count of murder.

Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard has set a provisional trial date for October 18. The case is expected to last for three days.