Serial killer guilty of gay date rape murders

A serial killer has been convicted of murdering three men by poisoning them with a date rape drug.

Stephen Port was also found guilty of the rape of three other men after persuading them to go his apartment in London. Once there, he gave them the date rape drug GHB.

Port, 41, who worked as a chef, was also found to have carried out another seven offences of administering a substance with intent, and a further three sexual assaults. He had pleaded not guilty to a total of 29 charges. A jury found that he was guilty of the murder of Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25.

Younger men

Port was said to have been obsessed with boyish-looking smaller men, who he called “Twinks”. Police investigating the killings found that he had searched the web for porn involving younger men being raped by older men.

A jury at the Old Bailey is still deliberating on other charges, including another murder charge. Port is also alleged to have killed Anthony Walgate, 23, who was found dead outside the older man’s flat two years ago.Port found his victims through gay dating websites, including Grindr before convincing them to meet him at his flat in Barking for sex. Once there, he slipped them fatal amounts of GHB.

The men’s bodies were all then taken to, or near, a graveyard within just a few hundred yards of Port’s home. Devastated relatives of the victims have packed the public gallery of the court while waiting for the verdicts. As the first replies of “guilty” started to come in from the forewoman of the jury, there was palpable relief, with parents and siblings of those who were killed breaking down in tears and hugging each other.

 

 



Judith is a qualified journalist who has worked in both the UK and the US, specialising in writing about politics, education and health.