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Stefano Brizzi trial: Jury retires in strangled PC case

Stefano Brizzi Image copyright Julia Quenzler
Image caption Stefano Brizzi denies murder but has admitted disposing of PC Semple's body

Jurors in the trial of a drug addict accused of strangling a police officer and dissolving his body in an acid bath have retired to consider their verdict.

Stefano Brizzi denies murdering PC Gordon Semple, 59, at his south London flat, claiming he died accidentally during a sex game.

The Old Bailey jury heard the defendant was inspired by the TV drama Breaking Bad as he tried to dispose of the body.

The 50-year-old, from Italy, has admitted obstructing a coroner.

Image copyright Gordon Semple
Image caption Gordon Semple, who was originally from Inverness, Scotland, served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years

Mr Brizzi told jurors that Mr Semple, from Greenhithe, Kent, died when a dog leash he was wearing slipped.

However, the prosecution said it would have taken minutes rather than moments for the police officer to die from strangulation.

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