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Drug dealer who supplied Grindr killer Stephen Port with banned substances given community order

PUBLISHED: 13:36 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 26 April 2017

Gerald Matovu

Gerald Matovu

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23-year-old Gerald Matovu pleaded guilty to supplying class B mephedrone and class C GHB to the murderer

A drug dealer who supplied banned substances to serial killer Stephen Port has been handed a community order.

Gerald Matovu, of Great Guildford Street, Southwark, south London, pleaded guilty to supplying class B mephedrone and class C GHB to the murderer on or before August 8 2015, and offering to supply GHB to Port on August 20 2015.

The 23-year-old wore a patterned bandana, a striped hooded top, green jacket and jeans as he was sentenced to a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.

Port, a 41-year-old chef, was found guilty of murdering four young gay men last year.

One of his victims was Gravesend chef Daniel Whitworth. The 21-year-old’s family welcomed a BBC documentary that told the story of the crimes through their eyes.

He stalked his victims on dating websites and plied them with drinks spiked with fatal amounts of the drug GHB so he could rape them while they were unconscious to fulfil his depraved sexual fantasies.

The bodies of the victims were found in June, August and September of 2014, and in September 2015.

Judge Andrew Goymer said there was no connection between Matovu and the “appalling crimes” committed by Port.

He said: “There is absolutely no suggestion that this defendant came into contact with those four young men who were the unfortunate victims of the terrible crimes committed by Stephen Port.”

Referring to Port, the judge said: “His crimes were truly dreadful.”

Judge Goymer said Matovu’s case came to light following Port’s arrest and the interrogation of Port’s phone to see who he had been in contact with.

The court heard that “very small amounts” of controlled drugs were supplied, and the drugs were “on a social basis and not for profit”.

Judi Kemish, mitigating, said Matovu is remorseful and was leading a “chaotic lifestyle” at the time.

Matovu, who was also handed a drug rehabilitation requirement, must complete the 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

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