A Kilburn man has denied murdering an Algerian, whose mutilated corpse was discovered without a head.
Mohamed Boudjenane, 45, appeared at the Old Bailey last Friday accused of killing Lakhdar Ouyahia, 43, in Kilburn.
Mr Ouyahia's decapitated body was found by passers-by wrapped in a blood-stained duvet, inside a super-market delivery cage, in Kingsgate Place, on February 6 this year.
And his severed head was recovered from the Grand Union Canal in St John's Wood several days later.
Boudjenane was arrested in Alvaston, Derby, several days after the killing, and was later charged.
A post-mortem revealed Mr Ouyahia died after being hit with a blunt instrument to the head.
Shaven-headed Boudjenane, sporting a thick black beard, denied murdering Mr Ouyahia between February 3 and 7 this year.
He also further denied two counts of rape on February 3 and false imprisonment of a woman between February 2 and 8.
He spoke with the aid of an Arabic interpreter during the short hearing.
Boudjenane, of Kingsgate Road, Kilburn, will stand trial on October 20 and the case is expected to last up to seven days.
He was remanded in custody.