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Stephen Port murder trial delayed due to unfinished legal work

PUBLISHED: 13:29 15 January 2016

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Port is accused of murdering four men, including Gravesend’s Daniel Whitworth

The trial of a man accused of drugging and murdering four men he allegedly met on dating websites has been postponed due to “large amount of outstanding work”.

The four men who died, including 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth from Gravesend, were found suffering from overdoses, dumped in or near a churchyard in east London.

Police initially failed to link the deaths, which happened between June 2014 and September 2015.

Stephen Port, 40, Barking appeared via video link at Kingston Crown Court charged with four counts of murder and four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

He was due to enter pleas, but the case was adjourned for a hearing at the Old Bailey in April.

He will appear on April 15 for a plea and case management hearing.

Prosecutor William Emlyn-Jones said: “There is a very large amount of outstanding work given the scale of this inquiry.”

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