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'The truth sounded like a lie' - Alleged serial killer Stephen Port admits lying to police

PUBLISHED: 14:46 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:46 31 October 2016

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

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

The trial continues

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port admitted lying to police investigating the deaths of four young men because “the truth sounded like a lie”.

The 41-year-old chef is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of giving the men fatal doses of date rape drug GHB to have sex with them while they were unconscious.

Port denies murdering fashion student Anthony Walgate, 23, Slovakian Gabriel Kovari, 22, Gravesend chef Daniel Whitworth, 21 and forklift truck driver Jack Taylor, 25.

All four alleged victims were found within 400 metres of Port’s flat in Barking, east London, over a period of 15 months, the court has heard.

Giving evidence, Port has told jurors he “panicked” when he awoke next to Mr Walgate’s rigid body after the younger man took drugs.

The defendant told jurors he wrote a suicide note for Mr Whitworth taking the blame for Mr Kovari’s death to help him get it “off his chest”.

He said Mr Taylor agreed to his idea of getting “mega high” after meeting on gay dating app Grindr.

They then went outside for “fresh air” and ended up having “rampant” drug-fuelled sex in the early hours of the morning near to where the bodies of Mr Whitworth and Mr Kovari were found in a graveyard, the court heard.

Afterwards, Port said he went home because he was starting a new job as a windows salesman the next morning, and left Mr Taylor sitting down “feeling tired”.

That was the end of the encounter as far as he was concerned, because Mr Taylor “was not happy being gay”, Port said.

Asked by his lawyer David Etherington QC how he was the last time he saw the alleged victim, Port said: “He was alive, very much so.”

Port denied the suggestion that he might have “slipped him” any drugs without his knowledge or consent.

Mr Etherington said: “Did you ever have sex with him whilst he was asleep or unconscious?” Port replied: “No.”

The lawyer went on: “Did you intend to cause him any harm, in particular any serious harm?”

Port said: “No.”

The court heard Port now accepts that he lied to police investigating the series of deaths following Mr Walgate’s.

At the time, he denied knowing Mr Kovari or Mr Taylor, and said Mr Whitworth was someone he might have heard of.

On why he had told police all those lies, Port said: “The truth sounded like a lie, so I lied to make it sound like the truth.”

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