Court case for the alleged gay serial killer begins in London
A man drugged four men he met on Grindr before raping and killing them, a court heard today (5 October).
Stephen Port, 41, from Barking, was arrested last October following the discovery of the bodies of four men between June 2014 and September 2015.
He is accused with plying his victims with the drug GHB before carrying out the attacks.
The Old Bailey said the chef, who once appeared on Celebrity Masterchef, left their bodies near the churchyard and planted suicide notes and fake bottles of the drug on them.
He denies 29 charges, including four murders and seven rapes.
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.
All the charges cover the period 2011 to 2015.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees said the defendant was attracted to twinks who he would invite to his one-bed flat to drug, assault and murder them.
The jury heard the accused lied to police about his involvement with the dead men.
Mr Rees said: ‘The prosecution say it is a case about a man – the defendant – who in the pursuit of nothing more than his own sexual gratification, variously drugged, sexually assaulted and in four cases killed young gay men he had invited back to his flat.
‘We say all of the offending behavior was driven by one main factor, namely the defendant’s appetite for having sexual intercourse with younger, gay males while they were unconscious through drugs.’