Alleged serial killer ‘wouldn’t have minded being drugged and raped’

PUBLISHED: 15:25 02 November 2016

Stephen Port is accused of murder. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Stephen Port is accused of murder. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Stephen Port is accused or murdering four men

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port told jurors he “wouldn’t have minded” being drugged and raped by one of the young men he is accused of murdering.

The 41-year-old chef allegedly lured four men to his flat in Barking, east London, and surreptitiously gave them fatal doses of date rape drug GHB to have sex with them while they were unconscious.

Afterwards, he dumped their bodies in or near Barking Abbey churchyard and embarked on an elaborate cover-up, the court has heard.

It included placing a fake suicide note in the dead fingers of Daniel Whitworth taking the blame for another of Port’s alleged victims, Gabriel Kovari, jurors have heard.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Port insisted that he wrote the note for Mr Whitworth, who was from Gravesend, to help him get his role in the death of Mr Kovari “off his chest”.

But under cross-examination, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC accused him of fabricating “a tissue of lies”.

It was Port who planted the note on Mr Whitworth’s body to make it look like he took his own life, the barrister said.

The defendant also put Mr Kovari’s blue hooded top on Mr Whitworth to “establish a link” between the pair while placing a little bottle of GHB to support what was written in the suicide note, he said.

Port denied it, saying he agreed to write Mr Whitworth’s suicide note on a promise of sex afterwards.

But in the event, he “passed out” as the drink Mr Whitworth gave him had “a bit” of GHB in it, Port said.

Mr Rees said: “You are not suggesting he may have drugged you Mr Port? You are not suggesting he may have taken advantage of you whilst you were drugged?

The defendant accepted he had raised the possibility before that Mr Whitworth might have raped him while he was unconscious.

Mr Rees asked: “Why did you raise the suggestion this young man may have raped or sexually assaulted you? Against this dead boy?”

Port replied: “I wouldn’t have minded if he did.”

The prosecutor exclaimed: “Come on, Mr Port! That’s not true, is it. You ‘top’ other people, they don’t top you. So you would have minded if he raped you whilst you were unconscious.”

Port replied: “It’s just a shame we didn’t get to do more together.”

The barrister told Port that his account of the circumstances around the death Mr Whitworth was a “cruel lie”.

He said: “You rendered him unconscious surreptitiously with drugs for the purpose of having sexual activity with him and later dumped him in a churchyard, like Gabriel Kovari.

“That’s the truth of how he met his death. Worse than that, you used his death as a vehicle to explain Gabriel Kovari’s death.

“You just cannot bring yourself to accept the truth of what is going here. To the families. Lie after lie, that’s what’s being played out here in this court.”

Port denies the murders of fashion student Anthony Walgate, 23, Slovakian Mr Kovari, 22, chef Mr Whitworth, 21, and forklift truck driver Jack Taylor, 25.

He also denies raping and administering a substance to a string of other men.

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