Monday 27 January 2020

'Breaking Bad' fan dissolved PC's body with acid

Photo issued by the Metropolitan Polic. Pictured Pc Gordon Semple
Photo issued by the Metropolitan Polic. Pictured Pc Gordon Semple

A 'Breaking Bad'-obsessed sado-masochist strangled a police officer, then copied a plot from the hit American drama by dissolving his body in an acid bath, a court has heard.

PC Gordon Semple (59) was on duty when he arranged to meet his alleged killer, Stefano Brizzi, via Grindr for "hot, dirty, sleazy" sex on the afternoon of April 1.

The 50-year-old Italian was allegedly in the middle of throttling him when he turned away another man who had arrived for a drug-fuelled sex party.

Over the next few days, neighbours on the Peabody Estate in south London noticed a "revolting smell" coming from Brizzi's flat.

When one complained, Brizzi put it down to cooking for a friend, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.

After PC Semple's partner failed to get hold of him on his mobile phone, he reported him missing.

By April 7, a resident alerted police, who visited the flat and found Brizzi wearing only sunglasses and underpants.

They also found a bath full of acid with "globules of flesh" floating in it, the court heard.

Brizzi allegedly told an officer: "I've tried to dissolve the body ... I've killed a police officer. I killed him last week. I met him on Grindr and I killed him. Satan told me to."

However, jurors were told that the defendant was not claiming a psychiatric defence and said Pc Semple died accidentally during a "sex game gone wrong".

Opening the trial, prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors the case called for "broad minds and strong stomachs".

PC Semple had been in a relationship but was "sexually promiscuous" and used Grindr for "extreme" encounters of "domination, bondage and much else besides", he said.

The court heard that Brizzi had been a user of crystal meth - referred to as Nutella - which had cost him his job at financial giant Morgan Stanley.

He allegedly told a support group that he believed in the Devil, and liked "satanic rituals" which involved having sex over the sign of the pentagon.

Brizzi denies murder but has admitted obstructing a coroner by dismembering and disposing of the body.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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