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Pc Gordon Semple accused appears in court

Gordon Semple went missing on April 1 Credit: Facebook

A man accused of murdering Pc Gordon Semple after meeting him on dating website Grindr will go in trial in the autumn.

Stefano Brizzi, 49, is accused of killing the 59-year-old by strangling before dismembering his body.

Pc Semple is said to have died at Brizzi's flat in Southwark on a day between April 1 and April 7.

Brizzi appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday charged with murder.

A provisional trial date was set for October 18 this year.

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

Brizzi was remanded in custody.

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