Judge sets 2016 trial date for London serial murder accused Stephen Port
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Port, 40, attended the hearing fromvia . He spent the ten-minute hearing looking down, and spoke only to confirm his identity. He wore a bright yellow and green prison-issued uniform designed to make him highly visible should he escape.
Port faces four counts of murder and four counts of "administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict". He is alleged to have given overdoses of recreational drug . He allegedly murdered the men at his home before dumping the bodies, after finding victims online using .
He was charged on Sunday. On Monday he appeared before a Magistrates' Court which sent the case to today's hearing at the famedcourthouse. Port has not applied for bail and remains in custody.
The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission concerning what police called "potential vulnerabilities in [our response] to the four deaths." Police only linked the deaths a week ago on Wednesday, when they were passed to .
Three of the deaths occurred last year. Anthony Patrick Walgate, 23, was found dead on June 19, 2014 in Cooke Street. Port lives in Cooke Street. The other three alleged victims were found in the vicinity of St. Margaret's Church on North Street. Gabriel Kovari, 22, was discovered dead on August 28. Daniel Whitworth, 21, was found dead the following month on September 20. Fourth alleged victim Jack Taylor, 25, was found a year later on September 14.
Whitworth and Kovari were known to each other, according to testimony at the inquest.
Port was arrested following a police appeal to trace a man seen with Taylor shortly before his death. Police at the time released security footage of Taylor's movements, with an officer telling the press "the man captured onmay well be the last person to talk to Jack."
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