Stephen Port victims' inquests: Killer 'obsessed with drug rape pornography'

Stephen Port was sentenced to life in prison in 2016 for the murders of the four men.

Stephen Port was sentenced to life in prison in 2016 for the murders of four men. - Credit: Met Police

Barking serial killer Stephen Port was obsessed with messaging men on hook-up sites and watching drug rape pornography, an inquest has heard.

The 46-year-old, who will spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering four men and sexually assaulting several others, began taking the drug GHB in late 2013.

Stephen Port victims clockwise from top left: Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor and Ant

Clockwise from top left: Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor and Anthony Walgate. - Credit: Met Police

He went on to kill Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, with overdoses of the drug between June 2014 and September 2015, dumping their bodies near his flat in Cooke Street.

Port was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2016 and the long-awaited inquests are now taking place into his victims' deaths, examining whether the series of investigations into their murders were adequate and whether lives could have been saved.

Giving evidence at Barking Town Hall on Wednesday (October 6), Det Insp Mark Richards gave details of his work on Operation Lilford, the investigation launched after the four deaths were linked.

He said analysis of Port's laptop, originally seized when officers were first investigating the death of fashion student Mr Walgate, showed hundreds of thousands of lines of messaging about sex, pornography and drug-taking.

"It was absolutely incessant," he told the jury. "It was all day, every day.


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"There were hundreds of thousands of lines of messages because he was obsessed."

Port would watch "a considerable and extensive amount" of drug rape pornography, viewing it for hours at a time on his laptop.

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The officer said: "He had a real obsession with drug rape pornography."

Patterns would emerge where Port would pause messaging or watching the footage for around half-an-hour to go and meet men at Barking Station and bring them back to his flat.

He would then continue viewing the material once the men were in his home.

The inquest heard that as well as the murders, Port was found guilty at his Old Bailey trial of the drugging and sexual assault of seven, surviving victims.

In addition, there were about six other living victims identified by police who did not wish to take part in the prosecution.

The families of the men Port murdered paid tribute to their loved ones at a hearing on Tuesday (October 5).

Detectives sifted through details of nearly 60 other deaths to make sure Port had not claimed any more lives, and concluded no accomplice was involved.

Their theory was that 6ft 5in Port had wrapped his victims' bodies in bedsheets and carried them to the sites where they were found.

The inquests were adjourned until Thursday.

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