Stephen Port trial: Former boyfriend of Gravesend’s Daniel Whitworth gives evidence

PUBLISHED: 12:22 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:33 14 October 2016

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

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

A friend of Mr Whitworth also spoke at the trial

A court has heard evidence from the former boyfriend of one of the alleged victims of Stephen Port, the man accused of murdering four men he met on gay dating websites.

The body of Daniel Whitworth, from Gravesend, was found on September 20 in the grounds of a Barking church.

His former boyfriend gave evidence on the days leading up to his death.

Ricky Waumsley lived with Mr Whitworth in the town, having met through LadsLads dating website.

He said his partner had loved his work as a chef at One Moorgate Place and Canary Wharf - and was “passionate” about cooking.

Mr Waumsley said as far as he was concerned they were an exclusive couple, but in the summer of 2014, he began feeling suspicious.

He last saw Mr Whitworth on the morning of September 18 and received a message in the afternoon to say he was working late.

When he failed to come home that night, Mr Waumsley contacted his boss to see if he had turned up

He said: “That set off alarm bells in my head because it’s very out of character for him not to turn up for work without a reason.”

He reported him missing to Kent Police, and on September 20 received the bad news.

On the allegedly faked suicide note found on his body, Mr Rees said: “As we know the suicide note purports to say that Daniel has taken his own life by taking an overdose because he cannot deal with the guilt he feels for the death of Gabriel Kovari.”

Mr Waumsley insisted there was nothing in his partner’s behaviour suggested that was the case.

Asked if his partner had ever taken drugs, he told jurors he had only seen him take cannabis on one occasion when they went to Amsterdam.

Mr Whitworth would never have committed suicide because he regarded it as the “most selfish thing” anyone can do, according to a close friend.

Katie Impey told jurors that he felt strongly on the subject because his mother had taken her own life.

She said: “He had a lot of problems with his mum when he was younger and said it was the most selfish thing anyone could ever do, and you should never do it, so I know he didn’t kill himself.”

The last time they saw each other, Mr Whitworth had confided he had met someone new called “Gab”.

Recalling the conversation, Miss Impey said: “He was really excited. He said ‘I’ve met someone, he’s really artsy, he’s really cute, I don’t know how I’m going to tell Ricky’.”

Port, 41, denies 29 offences against a total of 12 men - including four murders, seven rapes, four sex assaults and administering a substance with intent.

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