Stephen Port: Alleged Barking serial killer ‘wouldn’t have minded being drugged and raped’

The bodies of 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth and 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari were found in the grounds

The bodies of 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth and 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari were found in the grounds of Barking Abbey churchyard - Credit: Archant

An alleged serial killer told jurors today he “wouldn’t have minded” being drugged and raped by one of the young men he is accused of murdering.

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

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

Stephen Port, 41, allegedly lured four men to his flat in Cooke Street, Barking, and gave them fatal doses of date rape drug GHB to have sex with them while they were unconscious.

Afterwards, he dumped their bodies in or near Barking Abbey churchyard and embarked on an elaborate cover-up, the Old Bailey has heard.

This included placing a fake suicide note in the hands of Daniel Whitworth taking the blame for another of Mr Port’s alleged victims, Gabriel Kovari.

Mr Port, who has previously said he wrote the note for Mr Whitworth to help him get his role in the death of Mr Kovari “off his chest” in exchange for sex, today suggested that he may have been drugged and raped by Mr Whitworth.

Stephen Port's boarded-up home in Cooke Street, Barking Picture: Seb Murphy-Bates

Stephen Port's boarded-up home in Cooke Street, Barking Picture: Seb Murphy-Bates - Credit: Archant


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He claimed that he “passed out” as the drink Mr Whitworth had given to him had a “bit” of GHB in it.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said “Why did you raise the suggestion this young man may have raped or sexually assaulted you? Against this dead boy?”

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Mr Port replied: “I wouldn’t have minded if he did.”

The prosecutor exclaimed: “Come on, Mr Port! That’s not true, is it? You ‘top’ other people, they don’t top you. So you would have minded if he raped you whilst you were unconscious.”

Mr Port replied: “It’s just a shame we didn’t get to do more together.”

The barrister told Mr Port that his account of the circumstances around the death Mr Whitworth was a “cruel lie”.

He said: “You rendered him unconscious surreptitiously with drugs for the purpose of having sexual activity with him and later dumped him in a churchyard, like Gabriel Kovari.

“You just cannot bring yourself to accept the truth of what is going here. To the families. Lie after lie, that’s what’s being played out here in this court.”

Mr Port denies 29 offences against 12 men – including four murders, seven rapes, four sex assaults and administering a substance with intent.

The trial continues.

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