“All of the offending behaviour,” Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, told the jury, “Was driven by one main factor, namely the defendant’s appetite for having sexual intercourse with younger, gay males while they were unconscious through drugs.
A chef obsessed with “drug rape” pornography was a serial killer who murdered four gay men and drugged and sexually assaulted eight others, a court heard.
Stephen Port 41, of Cooke Street, Barking, east London, killed and raped men he met via websites including the gay dating app Grindr over the course of more than three and a half years, the Old Bailey was told.
Mr Rees told jurors: “The evidence will show that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the four young men who died were strikingly similar in a number of respects.” Post mortems found that all four dead men had potentially fatal levels of the “date rape” drug GHB in their systems, the jury was told.
The court heard that three of the dead men were found in almost exactly the same location: in or close to the church graveyard some 400 metres from Mr Port’s flat.
Port, the jury was told, gave him red wine which tasted "a bit funny" and made him dizzy and sleepy.
He found himself naked in bed with Port having sex with him without consent, the court heard.
The second alleged murder victim was Slovakian Gabriel Kovari, who was visiting London when he died in August 2014, aged 22.
Daniel Whitworth, a 21-year-old chef, from Gravesend, died in September 2014, while forklift truck driver Jack Taylor, 25, died in September 2015.
Mr Rees said there was evidence that all three were dragged there and “propped up in a sitting position”.