The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Killer of PChung him­self in prison

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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.

Ver­dict: Sui­cide.

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