Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Killer Rapist Who Drugged His Victims Jailed for Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Killer Rapist Who Drugged His Victims Jailed for Life

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Byline: Emily Pennink Reporter

SERIAL killer Stephen Port is to spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering four young men to satisfy his lustful obsession.

The 41-year-old was found guilty of surreptitiously giving men he met on gay dating websites fatal doses of GHB so he could rape them while they were unconscious.

He was also convicted of a string of rapes and other sexual offences against seven more men who came forward after his arrest.

Relatives of the victims cheered and clapped as Mr Justice Openshaw told an impassive Port that he would never be released.

Outside court, relatives of Port's final victim, who drove police to investigate the deaths, said justice had been done.

Jack Taylor's sister Donna said: "We finally have justice for Jack and the other boys.

"A sick and twisted scumbag will never be able to hurt or destroy any other family's life. Jack can finally rest in peace."

The family are planning to sue the police for failing to properly investigate the earlier deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari and Daniel Whitworth.

They have said that 25-year-old forklift truck driver Mr Taylor would still be alive if they had linked the deaths and caught Port earlier.

All four deaths over 15 months bore striking similarities, but police failed to make the connection until the Taylors demanded answers.

Port had dumped the bodies in or near a graveyard within 500 metres of his flat in Barking, east London, and embarked on an elaborate cover-up, which involved planting drugs on the bodies.

He also disposed of their mobile phones, repeatedly lied to police and planted a fake suicide note in the hand of Mr Whitworth, taking the blame for the death of Mr Kovari.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Openshaw said it was for the inquiry into the police handling of the case to establish whether officers were right to take Mr Walgate's death "at face value" as they did. …

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