Italian man charged after body found in wheelie bin in north London

An Italian national living in north London has been charged with preventing the lawful burial of a man whose body was found in a wheelie bin behind a Waitrose supermarket.

Gerardo Rossi, of Islington, was arrested on Thursday after fellow countryman Erik San-Filippo, 23, was discovered by police following a call out to the Tollington Road area last Saturday.

The 52-year-old appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday, and was remanded in custody to appear again on 14 June.

The death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, the Metropolitan Police have said.

A spokesperson said: “A post-mortem examination has been carried out; this proved inconclusive and we await further tests.”

His mother, Carmen De Caro, told the Evening Standard: “He was our prince. I am destroyed.”

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling CID on 07827872423 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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