Report Into Gay Serial Killer Will Be 'Damning'

19 March 2018, 10:18

Stephen Port

The family of a Kent man murdered by a serial killer have been told a report into the police handling of the case will be damning.

The watchdog is expected to say officers missed chances to stop Stephen Port who drugged and raped four young gay men in east London.

He was found guilty at the Old Bailey of their murders and was handed a whole life sentence in November 2016.

The victims' families have demanded to know why he was not stopped sooner and have jointly instructed specialist lawyers Hudgell Solicitors.

In a meeting with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), they were told its report into the Metropolitan Police initial response will be damning and identify multiple failures and missed opportunities, according to their spokeswoman.

Relatives of (pictured left to right) Gravesend chef Daniel Whitworth, 21, forklift truck driver Jack Taylor, 25, fashion student Anthony Walgate, 23, and Gabriel Kovari, 22,  met the police watchdog in London last week.

Stephen Port's murder victims

They were also told that the report would be sent to the Metropolitan Police by the end of May.

It is hoped the families will see the report soon afterwards, although its findings may be not be made public until after the victims' inquests have concluded.

Their lawyer, Neil Hudgell, said: "The families were pleased to have an opportunity to meet with the IOPC and express their frustrations about how slow the investigation has been.

"They want to see the report and have answers about why their loved one is no longer with them."

In total, the actions of 17 officers are under investigation.

In November last year, the High Court quashed the original inquests into the deaths of two of Port's victims, Mr Whitworth and 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari, paving the way for all four victims' inquests to be held together in 2019.