A man has been charged with murder, after human remains were found in his Southwark flat, believed to be missing Westminster police officer Gordon Semple .
Stefano Brizzi, 49, of Peabody Trust Estate, was charged with murder Saturday night (April 9), following the discovery of human remains at his home address on Thursday (April 7).
He will appear in custody through virtual court at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Monday (April 11).
Police investigating the disappearance of the 59-year-old have yet to formally identify the body, reportedly found dismembered and decomposed at the property at Peacock Estate on Southwark Street on April 7, but believe it to be the missing police officer .
The family statement , written on a Facebook appeal page by his brother Ronnie, came as neighbours living on Peabody Estate who alerted police described a “terrible smell” coming from a flat where human remains were found.
One neighbour claimed the suspect answered his door wearing nothing but Speedos and a pair of glasses when residents knocked to complain about the odour.
PC Semple was born in Scotland and came from Inverness, working for the Bank of Scotland as a young man before joining the police.
Met Commander, Alison Newcomb, had previously said it would "take some time" to establish the cause of death due to the condition of the body.
PC Semple had not been seen since April 1. Concerned police appealed for his whereabouts and released CCTV images of showing his last known sightings .