Grindr killer Stephen Port found guilty of murdering three young men

Grindr killer Stephen Port found guilty of murdering three young men

Port was convicted of the murders of Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor at the Old Bailey

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stephen Port has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering three young gay men to fulfil sexual fantasies.

Port had denied all charges against him, but was convicted of the murders of Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, in addition to a range of sexual offences against other men. 

The 41-year-old chef used dating websites and apps like Grindr to stalk his victims. The court heard how when he met with them, he gave them drinks spiked with fatal amounts of date-rape drug GHB and raped them while they were unconscious.

After the events, Port dumped their bodies either in or close to a graveyard near his Barking flat in east London, and proceeded to try to throw suspicion away from himself by way of an elaborate cover-up.

He repeatedly lied to police, got rid of their mobile phones, and placed a fake suicide note in the hand of one of his victims which linked him to the death of a previous victim. He created a fake Facebook profile and got in touch with Kovari's grieving boyfriend, preying on his grief to cover his tracks. 

Port was convicted of a total of 16 offences, including the three murders. Other charges he was found guilty of included seven counts of administering a substance, three rapes and three sexual assaults.

Jurors have yet to reach verdicts relating to charges around the death of Port's first alleged murder victim, 23-year-old Anthony Walgate, who was found near the graveyard in Barking in September of 2014. 

Jack Taylor's family wept as the guilty verdicts were delivered, but Port made no reaction.