Grisly murder scenes are often dealt with by police officers.
But it is hard to imagine just what they were greeted with when they first arrived at cannibal cop killer Stefano Brizzi’s home.
The satanist strangled PC Gordon Semple, 59, to death in his flat after meeting him on the dating app Grindr.
Brizzi then tried to dispose of the body by dissolving it in a bathtub full of acid.
It copied a storyline in the hit TV show Breaking Bad, which saw the characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman dissolve a rival drug dealer in a bathtub filled with acid.
Officers were called after neighbours reported a foul stench coming from Brizzi’s home in Southwark, south London in April 2016.
Upon arrival, they found bin bags full of body parts belonging to his victim.
Brizzi had used equipment to strip flesh from the corpse, with his remains found in the bath and in plastic buckets on the floor.
His Old Bailey trial heard police officers who found their colleague had been left traumatised.
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And yet Italian web developer Brizzi was described as being “as cool as a cucumber” when confronted by neighbours.
He told police he thought he was “getting away with it”, and only didn’t finish disposing of the body because he chose to get high on crystal meth.
Brizzi added: “I was going to finish the job today.”
Evidence also emerged that he had tried to eat his victim’s body.
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DNA was found on chopsticks, inside the oven and inside a cooking pot, while pools of human fat were discovered in the oven.
There was also evidence of a bite mark on a rib.
Brizzi told police he had thrown away some of his victim’s belonging and body into the River Thames.
He claimed the police officer had died accidentally during a sex game.
But he was convicted of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years in December 2016.
Prosecutors described him as an “evil and calculating man”, while the trial judge said “no amount of training” could have prepared the police officers for what they discovered at the scene.
Brizzi later hanged himself aged 51 while serving his sentence in high-security Belmarsh prison, in south east London in February 2017.
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