Saturday 3 December 2016

Serial killer guilty of murdering three young gay men 'to fulfil depraved sex fantasies'

Emily Pennink

Published 23/11/2016 | 11:05

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook dated 04/10/16 of Stephen Port appearing at The Old Bailey, as the alleged gay serial killer has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of Gabriel Kovari. Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook dated 04/10/16 of Stephen Port appearing at The Old Bailey, as the alleged gay serial killer has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of Gabriel Kovari. Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty of murdering three young gay men to fulfil his depraved sexual fantasies.

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The 41-year-old chef stalked his victims on dating websites, including Grindr, and plied them with drinks spiked with fatal amounts of date-rape drug GHB to rape them while they were unconscious, the Old Bailey heard.

Port dumped their bodies in or near a graveyard within 500 metres of his flat in Barking, east London, and embarked on an elaborate cover-up.

He disposed of their mobile phones, repeatedly lied to police and planted a fake suicide note in the hand of one of his victims, taking the blame for the death of another.

Port denied all the charges against him but was found guilty of the murders of Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor as well as a range of sexual offences against more men.

Jurors have yet to reach verdicts relating to other charges including those around the death of Port's first alleged murder victim, Anthony Walgate.

Undated handout photos issued by Metropolitan Police of (left to right) chef Daniel Whitworth, 21, Jack Taylor, 25, Anthony Walgate, 23, and Gabriel Kovari, 22 Photo credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photos issued by Metropolitan Police of (left to right) chef Daniel Whitworth, 21, Jack Taylor, 25, Anthony Walgate, 23, and Gabriel Kovari, 22 Photo credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Mr Justice Openshaw gave the jurors a majority direction on the remaining counts and said he would accept a majority of at least 10 to two.

He sent the jury of 10 women and two men back out to continue deliberating.

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