Stephen Port is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a further eight men.
An alleged serial killer accused of drugging men he met on gay dating sites has been charged with 17 further sexual offences against eight more men, it has emerged.
Stephen Port, 40, from Barking in East London, was originally accused of killing Anthony Walgate, a 23-year-old fashion and design student living in Barnet, Gabriel Kovari, 22 living in Lewisham, Daniel Whitworth, 21 from Gravesend in Kent, and Jack Taylor, a 25-year-old forklift driver from Dagenham between June 2014 and September 2015.
He was also charged with four counts of “administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm”.
It’s alleged that he met the men online and invited them back to his flat for sex. The victims died after being given fatal amounts of the drug GHB, prosecutors claim.
Today it can be reported that The Old Bailey has heard of six additional counts of administering a poison, seven of rape and four sexual assaults against another eight men who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Appearing via videolink from Belmarsh Prison, Port denied all 29 charges against him during his pre trial hearing.
Port, who works as a special needs teacher and chef, also faces four alternative charges of manslaughter for each of the murder counts, which he also denies.
The deaths of the four young men, whose bodies were discovered in Barking between June 2014 and September 2015, were not initially linked together by authorities, despite concerns being raised by the gay press.
In October 2014, the Met confirmed it would refer itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following it’s handling of the investigation.
A statement from the service at the time said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has made a voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission concerning the murder of four men in Barking between 19 June 2014 and 14 September 2015.
“The referral informs the IPCC of potential vulnerabilities in the response by the MPS to the four deaths. We await a mode of investigation from the IPCC.”
Mr Port faces 29 charges in total and is set to stand trial on October 4.
This article was originally published on GT magazine.