Man in court charged with murder of Gary Briscoe in Providence Row homeless hostel

A man appears in court today charged with the murder of 42-year-old Gary Briscoe at a hostel for the homeless in London’s East End.

Gary was found dead in Spitalfields on June 22 at Daniel Gilbert House off Brick Lane, which is run by the Providence Row charity.

Ambulance paramedics answering a 999 call at 5.40pm arrived at the building in Code Street and tried to revive him.

But Gary was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination the next day gave cause of death as multiple wounds.

Police began an appeal for witnesses as an inquest was formally opened at Poplar Coroner’s Court.


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Mehretab Zemicael, 42, an Eritrean national whose address has been given as Code Street where the hostel is situated, was charged this-morning with the murder of Gary Briscoe, Scotland Yard has confirmed. He is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

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