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Toronto’s gay community is worried about a series of disappearances of gay people from the city.
Fears are growing over the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Skanda Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Raymond Burnett and Majeed Kayhan.
Toronto Police confirmed they are treating Kinsman’s disappearance as suspicious. “Investigators are aware of the similarities, but there aren’t enough facts to connect the cases,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, adding there are no leads on his whereabouts.
Mindful of the Stephen Port case in the UK, the Toronto gay community is concerned. “These people going missing are customers that support out community. It’s concerned and reminds us all that we need to take precautions,” a concerned citizen told Global News. “We all see the links. They’re all gay men in their 40s, and it’s frightening because it could be someone in our community.”
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.