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Man, 23, found in Holloway bin died of ‘drug overdose’

An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive. But, further testing found the cause of death to be a drug overdose

31 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Greta Dispenza with Erik San-Filippo

THE death of a man whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Holloway was the result of a drug overdose, the police have said.

The body of 23-year-old Erik San-Filippo, an Italian national, was found in a bin in Tollington Road in May.

An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive. But, further testing found the cause of death to be a drug overdose.

Greta Dispenza, who was one of Mr San-Filippo’s closest friends in Italy, previously told the Tribune: “Erik is a friend who changes your life, he never saw the negative side in things.

“He always helped you with anything and every time you saw him it was like Christmas.”

Mr San-Filippo worked in Camden Market.

Friends remembered how he loved music and he would play old Italian marching songs in the morning and house music at night.

Gerardo Rossi, 52, of Tollington Road, was arrested on Thursday, May 16 and charged on the same day with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

He is remanded in custody and is due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court for trial on October 28.

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