Judge gives majority direction for jury trying man over death of Greenhithe PC Gordon Semple
PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:53 10 November 2016
The jury was sent to make a decision on Monday
Jurors were given a majority direction on the fourth day of deliberations in the trial of a sadomasochist accused of killing a police officer he met on Grindr.
Stefano Brizzi, 50, is charged with murdering Pc Gordon Semple, 59, from Greenhithe at his flat on the Peabody Estate in south London on April 1.
He has admitted obstructing a coroner by dismembering the body and trying to dissolve it in an acid bath, after being inspired by the TV drama Breaking Bad.
The Italian IT developer has denied murder and told jurors that the officer died during a sex game when a dog leash he was wearing slipped.
The prosecution said it would have taken minutes rather than moments for Pc Semple to die from strangulation.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC sent the Old Bailey jury out on Monday.
Today (Thursday), he told them if a unanimous verdict could not be reached, he would accept a verdict on which at least 10 of them were agreed.