Last October, 41-year-old Stephen Port from Barking, London was charged with four separate murder charges after the bodies of four young men were discovered just days apart from one another. Now, he’s suspected of poisoning, raping, and sexually assaulting eight more men.
According to prosecutors, Port’s victims included 23-year-old Anthony Patrick Walgate, whose body was found in June 2014; 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari, whose body was dumped near a cemetery in August 2014; 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth, whose body was discovered near the same cemetery as Kovari’s a month later; and 25-year-old Jack Taylor who was found murdered in September 2015.
Prosecutors claim Port met all four men online. After getting together, he offered them large amounts of GHB. GHB — which is sometimes referred to as liquid ecstasy, lollipops, or liquid E — is a narcotic sedative that often results in loss of consciousness. In addition to murder, police are also charging Port with four counts of “administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.”
At first, authorities didn’t think the murders were in related, leading many activists to sharply critique the police for failing to find the gay link to the crimes.
On Monday, Port appeared via video link to the Old Bailey for his pre-trial hearing, when it was revealed that he’s being charged with inflicting sexual violence against eight other men, all of whom survived being poisoned and raped.
He’s being accused of six more counts of administering a poison, seven charges of rape, and four charges or sexual assault; all between 2011 and 2015.
According to Gay Star News, Port only spoke to confirm his name and plead not guilty to the growing number of charges.
The trial begins October 2nd.