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Killer who tried to eat victim dies in jail

By PA Reporter

Cannibal killer Stefano Brizzi, who strangled a police officer during a bondage sex session and then cooked and tried to eat him, has died in prison.

Brizzi (50) was jailed at the Old Bailey for a minimum of 24 years in December for the murder of 59-year-old Gordon Semple at his flat in south London.

He died at HMP Belmarsh, the high security jail in Woolwich, south east London. A Prison Service spokeswoman confirmed that he died on Sunday, adding: "As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

Brizzi was arrested after police called to his flat to investigate a foul stench discovered the gruesome scene. At his trial, the Italian admitted he was inspired by TV series Breaking Bad as he tried to cover his crime by dissolving his victim's flesh in an acid bath. But the crystal meth addicted former Morgan Stanley IT developer denied he had cooked and tried to eat parts of the body.

He was found guilty of murder and sentenced by Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC to life with a minimum of 24 years. The court heard evidence from an odontologist settled the matter of whether Brizzi had cannibalised part of his victim. The expert found that a bite mark on a rib discarded in the kitchen bin matched the defendant's lower teeth.

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