Port in Court


Stephen Port | Metropolitan Police | 16420ga

The trial of Stephen Port has begun at last.

Port, 41, allegedly drugged four men he met on gay dating sites before sexually assaulting and killing them, plying his victims with GHB at his home in Barking, east London, before carrying out the attacks. He denies 29 charges, including four murders and seven rapes.

The Old Bailey was told the chef left their bodies in or near a churchyard and planted suicide notes and fake bottles of the drug on them.

The offences are in connection with attacks on 12 men over three-and-a-half years. The victims were: Anthony Walgate, 23, originally from Hull, Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, and Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, east London.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the defendant was attracted to smaller boyish men he referred to as “twinks” who he would invite to his one-bed flat on Cooke Street.