Thursday, October 20, 2016

Italian Social Worker, 50, 'Cut Up Police Officer After They Met On Gay Dating App Grindr'

PC Gordon Semple (left) was killed at the beginning of April this year. Stefano Brizzi (right) is standing trial for his murder.

A Breaking Bad-obsessed sadomasochist strangled a police officer, then copied a plot from the 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 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.

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 now says 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.

On the day of the killing, Pc Semple and Brizzi had invited more men on Grindr to join them for a sex party with drugs available but only one man - referred to only as CD - turned up, jurors were told.

Mr Aylett told jurors: 'When CD pressed the entry buzzer, someone who can only have been the defendant replied over the intercom "We are having a situation here. Someone fell ill but we're taking care of it. So our party is cancelled". CD turned around and went home.'

The prosecutor told jurors that CD must have arrived at the very point PC Semple was meeting his death inside the flat.

Brizzi later told police that PC Semple had invited a number of people to the flat 'but they didn't arrive and, when one did arrive, I was right in the middle of strangling Gordon and I said to - he was right there at the door - and I said to him "Look, this is not the right time now, people are falling ill and it's a mess".'

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

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