Did London date rape drug serial murderer kill 58?

Homicide detectives are now investigating whether the date rape killer Stephen Port could have killed 58 more people after he was convicted for the murder of four gay men.

Scotland Yard has referred itself to the Independent Complaints Commission over allegations that officers missed opportunities to stop the serial killer before he murdered again.

Port, 41, has now been found guilty of killing four younger gay men who he met through dating sites, including Grindr. He persuaded them to meet him at his home in Barking, east London before having sex with them and administering fatal doses of the date rape drug GHB, which is also known as “liquid ecstasy”.

Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25 and Anthony Walgate, 23, were all found within 400 metres of Port’s flat over a period of 15 months in 2014 and 2015. Three bodies were found in a graveyard, while the fourth was discovered outside, propped up against the communal entrance to the block of flats where chef Port lived.

Seventeen officers are now facing allegations of mishandling and misconduct. Meanwhile, a separate investigation will look at GHB-related deaths over a four-year period across the capital to determine if Port may have murdered more men.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Tim Duffield said: “It is too early to say whether any of these had any sign of foul play. There is such a fine line between using (GHB) for heightened sexual acts through to unconsciousness through to death.”

The jury at the Old Bailey heard that the older man had an obsession with “Twinks,” which is how he referred to younger gay men, with boyish looks.

He left a fake suicide note, bottles of GHB and syringes on the bodies of his victims. One note, left with Mr Whitworth’s body said: “I have taken what ‘G’ I have left with sleeping pills so if it does kill me it’s what I deserve.”