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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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CPS statement on the life sentence for Stefano Brizzi


Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said:

"Stefano Brizzi learnt today that he will remain in prison for at least 24 years for the horrific crimes he committed. An evil and calculating man, Brizzi lied to the police and then to the court, claiming that Mr Semple's tragic death was caused when a sex game went horribly wrong.

"We know this will have been a very difficult time for the family and friends of Mr Semple. I hope that the outcome today provides some comfort to them.

"I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of the prosecution team. They had to sift through many thousands of social media messages and piece together the events of that evening, which was difficult bearing in mind the lengths that Brizzi went to to remove traces of his crime and cover his tracks. This was a challenging case but they worked closely with the police to put a strong case before the court and ensured Brizzi was brought to justice."


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