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Inquests into the deaths of “Grindr killer’s” victims conclude

17th December 2021

In November 2016, Stephen Port was convicted of the assaults by penetration, rapes and murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, as well as the rapes of three men, ten counts of administering a substance with intent, and four sexual assaults.

The inquests into the deaths of Mr Walgate, Mr Kovari, Mr Whitworth and Mr Taylor began on 5 October 2021 and concluded on 10 December 2021. The inquests were heard before HHJ Munro QC, sitting with a jury and were among a small number of Judge-led inquests:

The jury concluded that each of deceased had been unlawfully killed (Stephen Port having been convicted of their murders) and returned narrative conclusions with respect to the deaths of three of the deceased.

James Berry was instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service, led by Peter Skelton QC along with Gideon Barth.

Stephen Morley was instructed by 3D Solicitors to represent a retired Detective Superintendent.

Edward Pleeth appeared in the Divisional Court in 2017 for HM Senior Coroner for East London in her successful application to quash the inquisitions in the inquests she had conducted into the deaths of Mr Kovari and Mr Whitworth before Port was arrested.

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