Stephen Port: Alleged Barking serial killer ‘befriended victim’s boyfriend on Facebook’

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

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

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port used an alias to befriend the boyfriend of one victim on Facebook as part of an elaborate cover-up, a court heard today.

The 41-year-old is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of giving four young men fatal doses of date rape drug GHB to have sex with them at his flat in Cooke Street, Barking.

Using the name Jon Luck, the chef spoke to Gabriel Kovari’s Spanish partner Thierry Amodio after Mr Kovari was found dead.

He suggested that he had been killed by Daniel Whitworth, who in turn had died because he “could not live with the guilt”, the jury heard.

The two young men’s bodies were found dumped in a graveyard 400 metres from Mr Port’s flat within three weeks of each other in 2014.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors it was now accepted that a suicide note in which Mr Whitworth appeared to take the blame for Mr Kovari’s death was written by Mr Port.

In the messages to Mr Amodio, Mr Port said he thought Mr Kovari had gone to a sex party in Barking with a man called Dan who he had chatted with on dating app Grindr.

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He explained orgies happened in the area where older men tried to meet younger ones for sex, saying: “They get young guys so high they just rape them. That’s why I would not go to an orgy”, adding: “He made just one mistake and it cost him his life – if he did meet his end at this orgy.

“If all he wanted was good sex he could have just come back to mine. I know he liked me.”

He went on to express concern that police were going to come to his door because of messages on Mr Kovari’s phone, adding: “I wish I could have warned him not to go to a sex party in this area”.

Mr Port said he was “in shock” about what happened and asked if his name had been mentioned to police.

Mr Amodio asked Mr Port to tell officers what he knew of Mr Kovari’s last movements, but the defendant made a series of excuses why he had not been in contact, the court heard.

He told Mr Amodio he hoped the drug dealer involved in the deaths would be found, saying: “I hate drugs, there should be life sentences for dealers”.

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

The trial continues.