A cannibal has been sentenced to life in jail for strangling a police officer before cooking his body and trying to eat him. Stefano Brizzi, who was described as “evil and calculating” during his trial told detectives that the death of victim Gordon Semple, 59, had been a result of a bondage sex game gone wrong.
Fifty-year-old Breaking Bad fan Brizzi, 50, has been told he must serve at least 24 years in prison. He met his victim through the gay dating app Grindr earlier this year.
Mr Semple’s body was only discovered after a disgusting smell was reported. Once there, horrified detectives found flesh in the bath of Brizzi’s home along with bags of body parts. At a trial at London’s Old Bailey, Brizzi said he had come up with the idea of dissolving flesh in an acid bath after watching the television series Breaking Bad. Brizzi was seen on CCTV after the killing buying a number of items, including buckets, metal sheets and cleaning products.
However, Brizzi, who worked as an IT developer at Morgan Stanley, said he had no recollection of cooking or trying to eat parts of his victim’s body. He was, however, convicted of murder, with Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC telling him he must serve at least 24 years of a life sentence.
The jury heart evidence from an odontologist which revealed that a rib which had been placed in the kitchen bin had bite marks on it which matched those of Brizzi’s teeth. Defending, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC said that his behaviour was down to taking crystal meth. She added that Brizzi could not remember eating Mr Semple and was horrified by the suggestion.
A victim impact statement was also read out at the Old Bailey, from Mr Semple’s elder brother Ronald, who described his sibling as caring, gentle and much loved. He said his family were devastated by his murder.