A 45-YEAR-OLD man appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday last week charged with the murder of an Algerian.
Mohamed Boudjenane is accused of killing Lakhdar Ouyahia, 43, in Kilburn, on February 6.
The victim's headless body was discovered wrapped in a blood-stained duvet in a supermarket delivery cage, in Kingsgate Place.
His severed head was recovered from the Grand Union Canal, in St John's Wood, several days later.
Mr Boudjenane was arrested in Derby, less than a week after the killing and later charged. A post-mortem revealed Mr Ouyahia was hit with a blunt instrument to the head.
Shaven-headed Mr Boudjenane, sporting a thick black beard, appeared in the dock in front of Judge Christopher Moss QC.
During the short hearing, in which he was helped by an Arabic interpreter, he spoke only to confirm his name.
Jonathan Rees, prosecuting, said Mr Boudjenane was also facing charges of rape and false imprisonment.
Judge Moss adjourned the case until June 30 and Mr Boudjenane, of Kingsgate Road, Kilburn, was remanded in custody.