A special needs teacher appeared in court today charged with drugging and murdering four young men he met on gay websites before dumping their bodies in and around his local churchyard.
Stephen Port, 40, is accused of killing the men between June 2014 and September this year and has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.
Prosecutors told Barkingside magistrates he gave the men large amounts of the party drug GHB, known as liquid ecstasy, to poison his four victims.
According to the BBC, the charges relate to the deaths of:
- Anthony Patrick Walgate, 23, from Barnet, who was pronounced dead on Cooke Street on 19 June 2014
- Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, whose body was found near the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church, North Street, Barking, on 28 August 2014
- Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, whose body was found near the Abbey Ruins close to North Street on 14 September this year
- Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, whose body was also found near the same churchyard on 20 September 2014
Anthony Walgate was studying fashion design at the University of Middlesex.
Daniel Whitworth was an aspiring chef who worked in London Docklands.
The deaths were not initially linked, but after further investigation they were referred to the Metropolitan Police homicide and major crime command.