Stephen Port: Victims' families appeal for £10k towards legal fees as the fight for justice continues
PUBLISHED: 10:46 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 09 August 2018
The families of serial killer Stephen Port's victims have launched a crowdfunding campaign to get justice for their loved ones.
Port killed Daniel Whitworth, from Gravesend, Anthony Walgate, Jack Taylor and Gabriel Kovari between August 2014 and September 2015.
In a statement, the families of Daniel, 21, Anthony, 22, and Jack, 25, said: “We’re left devastated by the loss of our son, brother, uncle and friend.
“We believe that their deaths could have been avoided if the police had done their jobs instead of dismissing our boys as drug-taking gays.”
The families want to raise £10,000 to go towards getting the best legal representation possible ahead of the reopening of inquests into the deaths.
Last November the High Court quashed inquest verdicts into Gabriel and Daniel’s deaths.
“We feel the police let us down before and we don’t want to be let down again. This is our chance to get answers and accountability,” the statement continued.
Port was given a whole life sentence in November 2016 after a jury found he gave his victims fatal doses of date rape drug GHB before dumping their bodies near his flat in Cooke Street.
The families’ statement added: “Imagine getting a knock on your door and being told that your loved one was dead. You hear the circumstances and you know that something’s not right. You try telling the police, but they won’t listen.”
Despite first victim Anthony being abandoned outside Port’s flat and Gabriel, 22, and Daniel being dumped in the grounds of nearby St Margaret’s Church, police failed to link the drug overdoses until after Port murdered Dagenham forklift truck driver Jack. His body was also dumped near the church grounds.
A total of 17 officers are under investigation by the Indepedent Office for Police Conduct seven of whom could face the sack if found guilty of gross misconduct.
The families’ lawyers welcomed a landmark ruling in February holding police liable for serious failings in their investigations.
Anthony, Daniel and Jack’s families announced last December they planned to sue with Jack’s sister Donna Taylor saying the Met played a “massive part” in her brother’s death.
Visit crowdjustice.com to donate.