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Man who ‘dumped’ dead body in wheelie bin is jailed

Gerardo Rossi placed body of 23-year-old Italian national Erik San Fillipo in recycling bin in Holloway street

20 December, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Erik San Fillipo died from an accidental overdose after a period of abstinence

A DRUG user who threw the body of a man who had died from an overdose into a wheelie bin has been jailed.

Gerardo Rossi, 52, emptied the contents of a neighbour’s green recycling bin in Tollington Road, Holloway, and placed the dead body of 23-year-old Italian national Erik San Fillipo inside it in May.

Rossi, of Islington, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday to 16 months in jail, having pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Police outside the derelict house in Holloway

He was also ordered to serve a further four months to run consecutively for breaching conditions imposed for a previous suspended sentence.

Gillian Travers, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Gerardo Rossi dumped the body of his friend in a wheelie bin and left him in a residential north London street – showing little regard for the dignity of his victim.

“When he realised that his friend had died, instead of alerting the police as he should have done, he decided to move Mr San Fillipo out of his home to avoid police attending his drug den.

“This was an unusual and sad case but I hope this prosecution provides some comfort to the family of Mr San Fillipo and shows that the CPS will take action in similar circumstances.”

An inquest into Mr San Fillipo’s death last month found he had died from an accidental overdose after a period of abstinence.

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