Murder Trial: Borough man accused of killing PC Semple ‘cooked and ate section of victim’s leg’

Court Reporter (21 October, 2016)

Today it was heard how he placed the leg in a roasting tin in the oven, with traces of PC Semple's DNA also being found on a set of chopsticks

12758The Old Bailey

Jurors have heard that satanist Stefano Brizzi, an Italian web developer, “cooked and ate” a section of the PC Gordon Semple’s leg and may even have tucked into a rib.

The Borough man is standing trial for murdering PC Semple in his home on the Peabody Estate near Southwark Street earlier this year, where he is said to have tried to dispose the body by dissolving it in a bath of acid.

The trial was adjourned yesterday after he started to sob loudly in court as a video of his trip to a hardware store was shown.

Today it was heard how he placed the leg in a roasting tin in the oven, with traces of PC Semple’s DNA also being found on a set of chopsticks.

The Italian had apparently used the sheets of perforated metal he had bought at the hardware store to ‘grate’ PC Semple’s flesh from his body.

Traces of his DNA were also found on a tea strainer, a chopping board and in the blender.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “From human remains that were recovered from a bin in the kitchen, a pathologist identified a fragment of the chest wall.

“On one of the ribs, he found semi-circular indentations such as would raise the possibility as whether they were caused by a human its mark.

“So 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 it would be open to you to find that the defendant had cooked part of his body and to have eaten it as well.”

A post-mortem exam of the body parts that were recovered found that PC Semple had probably died from strangulation.

But he also found bruising that the victim had been hit hard in the face while he was still alive.

He had GHB and Ketamine in his system, the Old Bailey heard.

Brizzi’s flat was very messy, with a sticky coating of grease on many of the surfaces, the court heard.

On the defendant’s computer, they found files named ‘666 Black Sun’, ‘Exposing Christianity,’ ‘The Satanic Bible E Book,’ ‘Bible of Cock’ and ‘Lucifer I call you forth’.

The bedroom window was completely covered up with black tape, and beneath the bed they found a box contains four small black candles and a wooden knife.

It had a notebook with pages headed ‘Prayer against the enemy’ and ‘Lord Satan owner of the truth’.

A collection of fetish gear including a black leather cap, black cord and a black red wrist strap, and a black rubber mask with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and a chain-link leash.

The gear had traces of PC Semple’s and Brizzi’s body.

“From this, it is apparent that the pair must, at some point that afternoon, have engaged in some form of sexual activity that involved one or both of them being bound and hooded.”

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