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'Killer may have cooked parts of policeman's body and eaten them' Victim's DNA found on chopsticks, court told.

Byline: TOM PETTIFOR Chief Crime Correspondent

THE drug-addicted Breaking Bad fan accused of murdering a policeman may have cooked and eaten parts of his victim, a court heard yesterday.

Chopsticks, a blender and a cooking pot belonging to crystal meth user Stefano Brizzi all had traces of Gordon Semple's DNA, the Old Bailey was told.

There was evidence of a human bite mark on one of Mr Semple's ribs found in a kitchen bin after the Italian had dismembered him, it is claimed.

The officer's DNA was found on a chopping board, and a tea strainer covered in his blood was also recovered, prosecutor Crispin Aylett said.

He told the jury the evidence all led "inexorably back to the kitchen" where inside the oven was a pool of fat which contained PC Semple's DNA.

Mr Aylett said: "The defendant cannot have confined himself to dismembering Gordon Semple and disposing of his body either in acid or else in the dustbins.

"Instead, the prosecution suggest that the defendant cooked part of his body and then ate it."

Former IT worker Brizzi, 50, is accused of killing Mr Semple, 59, at his London flat in April, after meeting him on the gay dating app Grindr.

ROTTING

He then dumped the police officer's heart, liver and spleen in the Thames, flushed his lungs down the toilet and tried to dissolve other bits in acid in his bathtub, it is claimed. When officers searched his flat close to London Bridge six days later they could smell "rotting meat" and discovered Mr Semple's severed head in a bucket.

The jury was shown CCTV images of Brizzi buying a bucket in a Leyland decorators' shop near his home.

Brizzi claimed he had tried to flush the "flabbery bits" down the toilet, the Old Bailey was told.

One of the officers opened a bin bag and saw "what she believed to be a human pelvis", Mr Aylett said. In another bag was a human hand and part of the spine, jurors were told.

Brizzi allegedly told police: "I spoke to Satan and he was telling me to kill, kill, kill and I agreed at the first opportunity." In a police interview he said: "If you look at what's left over at home I believe there was a leg, yes, definitely there was a leg which I had tried to roast as well."

A postmortem found Mr Semple had been struck in the face while alive and then strangled.

The court was told Brizzi had lost his IT job at financial giant Morgan Stanley because of his drug addiction. The Italian was obsessed with US hit TV show Breaking Bad where the main character Walter White tries to dissolve a body in acid, jurors heard.

Brizzi denies murder but admits obstructing a coroner by dismembering and disposing of a body. The trial continues.

tom.pettifor@mirror.co.uk

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