Stephen Port convicted of murder
A man who drugged, raped and killed four male victims has today (23 November) been convicted at the Old Bailey.
Stephen Port, 41, drugged his victims, either by spiking their drink or through other means. Four of the men died from an overdose of the drug GHB and four others were raped while unconscious.
Port, from Barking, east London, was found guilty of four counts of murder, four counts of rape, four counts of assault by penetration and 10 counts of administering a substance. He will be sentenced on Friday 25 November.
Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Over a period of three years the defendant committed a series of murders and serious sexual offences against young men. Port manipulated and controlled these men through the chilling and calculated use of the drug GHB, which he administered without their permission.
"Port murdered four of his victims and his considerable efforts to cover up his connection with the men - including disposing of mobile phones, writing a fake suicide note and planting vials of the drug on their bodies - ultimately failed. He even claimed that the deceased themselves were responsible for the overdoses and in one instance accused a murder victim of carrying out one of the other killings.
"This was a technically challenging case, complicated by a significant amount of evidence taken from the numerous social media sites Port used.
"We hope his conviction brings some comfort to the families of the four young men he killed and to his other victims. This was a harrowing trial and we would like to thank everyone who has given evidence in support of the prosecution case."
Stephen Port was charged with a total of 29 counts. He was convicted of:
- Murder x4
- Rape x4
- Assault by penetration x4
- Administering a substance x10