23/11/2016 10:55 GMT | Updated 23/11/2016 15:38 GMT

Stephen Port Verdict: Serial Killer Guilty Of Murdering Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor And Anthony Walgate

Port was accused of poisoning his victims with party drug GHB.

Serial killer Stephen Port has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murders of four men.

The 41-year-old former chef invited Jack Taylor, Daniel Whitworth, Gabriel Kovari and Anthony Walgate to his flat in Barking, east London.

He plied them with high doses of the party drug GHB so he could have sex with them while they were unconscious, jurors were told.
Jack Taylor, pictured above
Gabriel Kovari, pictured above

The chef then dragged the bodies in or near a churchyard and propped them up, having planted bottles of GHB on some of them and written a fake suicide note for one.

He went on to lie to police about his involvement with the men as their bodies were discovered over a 15-month period.

Port was on trial at the Old Bailey accused of 29 charges including four murders, seven rapes, four indecent assaults and administering a substance with intent.
Daniel Whitworth, pictured above

Kovari, 22, was from Lewisham, south London, Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, and Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, east London.

A guilty verdict in the case of the fourth victim, Anthony Walgate, 23, was returned some hours later.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said during Port’s trial that he carried out sex offences against 12 young men over three-and-a-half years, including the four who died.

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Stephen Port sketched without his distinctive blonde hair in court last month

Rees said: “The prosecution say it is a case about a man - the defendant - who in the pursuit of nothing more than his own sexual gratification, variously drugged, sexually assaulted and in four cases killed young gay men he had invited back to his flat.”

At the time, Port was living in a one-bedroom flat and described himself as “70% more gay than straight”.

The defendant was attracted to smaller boyish men referred to as “twinks”, jurors were told.

While working in a professional kitchen, Port appeared alongside celebrities in a version of BBC show Masterchef.