The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Killer of PChung himself in prison
Cannibal cop killer Stefano Brizzi hanged himself in a maximum security jail just two months after prison officers found a ligature in his cell, an inquest heard.
Brizzi, 50, murdered PC Gordon Semple, from Inverness, in his south London flat in April 2016 after they hooked up for an S&M sex session through the gay dating app Grindr.
The former web developer for merchant bank Morgan Stanley strangled the officer before trying to dissolve the 59-year-old’s body in a tub of acid.
He boiled, roasted and ate other parts of the body with chopsticks before throwing the Scotsman’s undissolved remains in the River Thames.
The killer was inspired by the cult TV
“The observation hatch had been obscured with a milk carton”
show Breaking Bad, in which the accomplice of drug dealing chemistry teacher Walter White throws a Mexican bandit into a bathtub of acid.
Brizzi, originally from Pistoia, near Florence, was jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years at the Old Bailey last December.
An inquest jury at Southwark Coroner’s Court recorded that the Italian killed himself on February 5 last year.
There had been “no evidence of foul play or substance abuse at the time”, according to the jury.
Prison officer Graham Taylor said: “As I approached the cell door, I noticed the observation hatch had been obscured with a spent milk carton.
“One of the cartons fell down and then obviously as I opened the door and saw Mr Brizzi hanging there about two feet from the ground.”
Brizzi was about to be asked if he wanted to go out into the yard.