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'Evil' cannibal jailed for 'acid bath' murder of PC

Stefano Brizzi attempted to dissolve Gordon Semple's remains in a bath of acid. Credit: Met Police

An "evil" cannibal who strangled a PC and then tried to dissolve his remains in a bath of acid has been jailed for life.

Stefano Brizzi killed Gordon Semple after luring him to his south London flat through gay dating app Grindr.

Police were later called there after reports of a foul stench.

They then discovered gruesome globules of flesh in the bath and bags of dismembered body parts.

During his trial, Brizzi admitted he was addicted to crystal meth and was inspired by his favourite TV show 'Breaking Bad' as he tried to get away with murder.

But he denied that he cooked and tried to eat parts of the body with chopsticks, saying he had no memory of it.

The former Morgan Stanley IT developer, 50, was jailed at the Old Bailey for life and told he would serve a minimum of 24 years.

Sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said "no amount of training or experience" could have prepared the officers who found PC Semple's body for what they saw.

After the sentencing, London's Chief Prosecutor spoke outside court, calling Brizzi an "evil and calculating" murderer.

Brizzi lied to the police and then to the court, claiming that Mr Semple's tragic death was caused when a sex game went horribly wrong.

We know this will have been a very difficult time for the family and friends of Mr Semple. I hope the outcome today provides some comfort to them.

– Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London