News Criminal Defence 20th Oct 2016

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins & Harry Bentley Begin Trial for PC Semple Murder

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC and Harry Bentley appeared at the Old Bailey today, representing Stefano Brizzi, charged with the murder of PC Semple and for obstructing a coroner in the execution of duty.

The officer vanished whilst on duty on April 1st of this year, his partner reported him missing after he failed to return to their home in Kent and a London-wide search was launched. Brezzi, a 50 year old Italian-born programmer for a US investment bank, has been accused of strangling and dismembering Semple after he met him on the gay dating app Grindr. Brizzi, denies murder but has admitted a second charge of obstructing a coroner in the execution of duty between March 31 and April 8.

The trial at the Old Bailey is being heard before Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC and is expected to last for three weeks.

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