Stephen John Port, 40 (22.02.75) of Cooke Street, Barking was tonight, Sunday, 18 October, charged with four counts of murder in relation to the deaths of four men between June 2014 and September 2015.
He has also been charged with four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm, contrary to s.23 Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.
The charges relate to the deaths of:
– Anthony Patrick Walgate, 23, from Barnet, who was pronounced dead on Cooke Street, Barking on 19 June 2014.
– Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, whose body was found near the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church, North Street, Barking on 28 August 2014.
– Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, whose body was found near the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church, North Street, Barking on 20 September 2014.
– Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, whose body was found near the Abbey Ruins close to North Street, Barking on Monday, 14 September.
Port will appear in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Monday, 19 October.