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Inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor

November 2021 started the inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, four young men aged between 22 and 25 years old who died in Barking between June 2014 and September 2015. Judge Sarah Munro QC was been appointed an Assistant Coroner within the East London area to conduct the inquests.

In November 2016, following a trial at the Old Bailey, Stephen Port was convicted of murdering all four men. He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting a number of other young men. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order. Following the conviction of Stephen Port, the High Court granted an order quashing the conclusions of the previously held inquests into the deaths of Gabriel Kovari and Daniel Whitworth. HHJ Sarah Munro QC was appointed on 1 May 2019 to conduct fresh inquests into the deaths of Mr Kovari and Mr Whitworth alongside the resumed inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate and Jack Taylor.

Evidential hearings started in the Barking Town Hall on 5th October 2021. After 38 days of hearings, the Inquests concluded, on schedule, on 10 December 2021 with the Jury’s conclusions.

Inquest conclusions

Anthony Walgate | PDF
Gabriel Kovari | PDF
Daniel Whitworth | PDF
Jack Taylor | PDF

The distinction between the purpose of the inquest and media headlines

MEN R US volunteers would like to make the distinction between the purpose of the inquest and media headlines. The inquest was about the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor. It is NOT 'the Stephen Port inquest'. Anthony Walgate was a 23-year-old fashion student from Hull; Daniel Whitworth (21 ), a chef from Kent; Jack Taylor (25 ), a warehouse supervisor from Dagenham; and Gabriel Kovari (22), was described by his brother (Adam) as a “very smart, talented, kind person with a passion for drawing and languages”. It is disappointing - though not surprising- that the media have framed the inquest into the deaths of these four young men in this way; ie: "Stephen Port inquest" (Barking and Dagenham Post; 13/11/21), "Stephen Port murder inquiries" (Guardian; 5/11/21) and "Serial Killer Stephen Port: Inquests Delayed" Huff Post; 3/1/20), amongst other lured headlines.

Statement following the conclusion of the East London Inquests | Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) | 10 Dec 2021

Extract: "Today, after hearing seven weeks of detailed evidence, an inquest jury has determined that Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were unlawfully killed. They have also found that the deaths of three of those young men – Gabriel, Daniel and Jack – could probably have been prevented had the initial police responses and investigations been better.

It is a devastating finding. Our thoughts are with everybody who loved these young men. We are so sorry for their loss. And we're also deeply sorry that there were failings in the police response to the murders. I give my own and the Met’s heartfelt apologies. All those who loved Anthony, Gabriel, Daniel and Jack expected a professional and thorough police investigation into their deaths and it is a great sadness for me and everybody at the Met that this didn't happen."

Statement following the conclusion of the East London Inquests | Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) | 10 Dec 2021

Interview with Neil Hudgell (a lawyer for the families) on R4 Today | 11 Dec 2021


 Interview with Neil Hudgell (a lawyer for the families) and Chief Inspector Lee Broadstock  (Secretary of the National LGBT+ Police Network) | Today, BBC Radio 4 | 11 Dec 2021 | 7m 39s
Transcript of interview | PDF | MEN R US

Urgent question from Margaret Hodge MP | 13 Dec 2021


Urgent question from Margaret Hodge MP "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the Metropolitan Police and the inquest into the deaths of Anthony Walgate Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor." | House of Commons | 13 Dec 2021 | 2m 20s
Transcript of urgent question | PDF | MEN R US

More

Friend of Stephen Port victim shares biggest takeaway from true crime drama Four Lives | Pink News | 3 Jan 22
Grindr serial killer Stephen Port and the horrific murder spree that shocked a nation | Pink News | 3 Jan 2
Police ‘ineptitude’ contributed to Stephen Port murders, says producer | The Guardian |  27 Dec 2021
Why should we have uniformed police at Pride marches when the Met is so homophobic? | Peter Tatchell | The Guardian | 14 Dec 2021
Sadiq Khan launches vital probe into ‘homophobia, misogyny and racism’ in Met Police | Pink News | 13 Dec 2021
Police officers disciplined over failings in case of Grindr killer Stephen Port have been promoted | Pink News | 11 Dec 2021
Stephen Port: Met Police failings led to more deaths | BBC | 11 Dec 2021
Stephen Port: How Met failings contributed to the deaths of three men | BBC | 11 Dec 2021
Stephen Port: The softly spoken serial killer | Evening Standard | 11 Dec 2021
Met failings probably a factor in deaths of Stephen Port victims, says inquest | The Guardian | 10 Dec 2021
The Stephen Port scandal is another betrayal of public trust. The UK deserves better policing | The Guardian | 10 Dec 2021
Statement following the conclusion of the East London Inquests | Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) | 10 Dec 2021
Police failings in case of Grindr serial killer Stephen Port ‘probably’ led to more deaths | 10 Dec 2021

Horrific failings of Met police allowed serial killer to murder | Novara Media | 15 Dec 2021 | 18m 26s

Homophobia ruled out for jury in Stephen Port victims’ inquests | Barking and Dagenham Post | 3 Dec 2021
Police homophobia ‘ruled out’ in inquest into victims of Grindr killer Stephen Port | Pink News | 2 Dec 2021
BBC News - Stephen Port: Met Police apologises to families of victims of serial killer | BBC | 19 Nov 2021
Stephen Port: Met treated victim's partner differently 'because he is gay' | BBC | 8 Nov 2021
Stephen Port victim inquests hear of Met ‘institutional homophobia’ | The Guardian | 5 Nov 2021
Stephen Port laptop not inspected until he had killed three times, inquest told | The Guardian | 13 Oct 2021
Met officer denies bias hampered investigation into Stephen Port’s first victim | The Guardian | 11 Oct 2021
 Paramedic saw death of Stephen Port’s first victim as suspicious, inquest told | The Guardian | 7 Oct 2021
Serial killer Stephen Port obsessed with pornography, inquests hear | The Guardian | 6 Oct 2021
Inquest into Stephen Port murders to examine police competence | The Guardian | 5 Oct 2021
 Stephen Port: Inquests 'key step' for victims' families | BBC News | 5 Oct 2021
Long-awaited inquests into murders of four gay men by Grindr killer Stephen Port forced to postpone | Pink News | 13 Jan 2021

Coroner | Wikipedia
A coroner is a government or judicial official who is empowered to conduct or order an inquest into the manner or cause of death and to investigate or confirm the identity of an unknown person who has been found dead within the coroner's jurisdiction.

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