A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court accused of murdering a man whose remains were discovered at an address in south-west London.
The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, spoke at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today only to confirm his name and address.
The court heard that the body of a 53-year-old man was “found dismembered” in the Richmond borough on Friday January 3.
The Metropolitan Police said the victim has not yet been formally identified but was named in court documents as William Algar.
Officers discovered the remains at the property on Nowell Road in Barnes, having been led there by a missing persons search that was launched on December 1.
The Met said they attended the address after “concerns had been raised about the welfare of an occupant”.
It added that the man’s family has been informed and is receiving support from specialist officers.
A post-mortem examination took place at Kingston mortuary over the weekend and revealed the cause of death to be a stab wound to the chest.
The teenage suspect, from Kensington and Chelsea, has been remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.
Scotland Yard have appealed for anyone with information to come forward – those who may be able to help with enquiries are asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
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