The crime scene was discovered when Stefano Brizzi’s neighbors reported a “revolting smell” coming from his apartment.
When two officers were sent to investigate, they found bottles of chemicals in the hall and a “blue-green liquid” floating in the bath with “flesh-colored globules floating in the water,” in the words of prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC.
Then, one of the officers looked inside a trash bin and discovered a human hand and part of a spine.
50-year-old Stefano Brizzi now stands accused of strangling police chief Gordon Semple (pictured) during a Grindr date, and later trying to dispose his body in various ways, including an acid bath.
Sky News reports Semple’s DNA was discovered on a blender blade, on a cooking pot, a pair of chopsticks, a chopping board, and inside the oven.
The Old Bailey heard prominent bite marks were found on a bone in the kitchen.
According to Aylett:
The defendant cannot have confined himself to dismembering Gordon Semple and disposing of his body either by acid in the bath or else in the dustbins.
Instead, the prosecution suggest it would be open to the jury to find that the defendant cooked part of his body and ate it.”
The 59-year-old Semple was on duty when he decided to meet Brizzi after chatting on Grindr. “Hot, dirty, sleazy sex” was promised on April 1 of this year.
Jurors heard other unutterably bizarre details, such as how Brizzi claims he was told by Satan to “kill, kill, kill.”
He also claims that he disposed of some body parts by biking them over to a quiet spot beside the River Themes.
Brizzi said there was still a foot, hand, and leg at the apartment “which I tried to roast as well.”
While being interrogated, Brizzi, who’s HIV-positive, allegedly admitted: “I thought I was getting away with it.”
I had nearly finished but I took a shot (of crystal meth). I was going to finish the job today.
As you can see, this man was a very big man and all I have left is two buckets.”
Brizzi denies murder, claiming Semple died in a freak accidnet involving “a sex game gone wrong.”
However, he freely admits obstructing a coroner by dismembering and disposing of large chunks of the body.
The trial is ongoing.