Stefano Brizzi came to London from Italy, in
2011 and got a job as an IT analyst at Morgan Stanley in the
City of London, he subsequently was unable to hold down the
job after he began addicted to methamphetamine, (Crystal
1st April 2016, Brizzi met PC Gordon
Semple via the Grindr smarthphone app. Both men were into
strange sex games.
PC Semple and Brizzi had discussed, via
Grindr messages, their future plans, this involved bondage,
sadomasochism, suffocation and the use of drugs.
Once back at Brizzi's flat the sex games may
have started, Brizzi later claiming that this is how Semple
died, and that it was accidental. He claimed a dogs lead
slipped and accidentally strangled PC Semple.
7th April 2016, Brizzi was eventually
caught when neighbours reported a foul smell coming from his
When police went to Brizzi's flat they found
"globules" of human flesh floating in the bath, which
was full of acid, plus bags containing bones and pools of
human fat in the oven. Brizzi was a fan of the TV show
breaking Bad, in which there is a scene where a drug dealers
body is disposed off in a bath of acid.
20th October 2016, At trial he denied
murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of
diminished responsibility. He also admitted a charge of
obstructing a coroner in the execution of their duty,
He denied he had tried to eat part of PC
Semple's flesh, but forensic experts say he certainly did.
Jurors found Brizzi guilty of murder by a
majority of 10-2 after five days of deliberation
12th December 2016, He was sentenced
to serve life in prison, with a minimum term of 24 years.
Sunday 5th February 2017, Brizzi died
while serving his sentence at HMP Belmarsh prison.