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Police suspect the Port victim died of an overdose for being a gay sex worker

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Police may have mistakenly assumed that rapist and serial killer Stephen Port’s first victim died of a drug overdose for being a gay sex worker, his friends said in an investigation.

The 23-year-old fashion student Anthony Walgate was found dead on June 19, 2014 in Barking, east London.

Port, 46, received a fatal overdose of the GHB drug, which subsequently murdered three other gay men.

The investigation into the deaths of Mr Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21 and Jack Taylor, 25 began earlier this month.

China Dunning, who was friends with Mr. Walgate, video-linked evidence and told the investigation into his death that they had spoken about the drug GHB in the past and never risked taking it.

“I was convinced that Anthony’s death was suspect. I … just knew he hadn’t used drugs and overdosed himself, ”she said.

Ms. Dunning added, “I was convinced it was Stephen Port’s actions. I was convinced that he had spiced up his drink or something and that it was suspicious. “

Kiera Brennan, who was a member of the same circle of friends, also told the court that she “felt strongly” that Port had harmed Mr. Walgate.

Mr. Walgate worked sporadically as an escort and had an appointment with Port, who was using the false name Joe Dean, on June 17th at his Barking apartment.

Ms. Dunning reported that Mr. Walgate was missing two days later, along with the name, address and date of birth that Port had provided and a physical description of him.

In September 2014, as the investigation into Mr Walgate’s death continued, Miss Dunning told police that if toxicological reports found GHB in his body, they did not believe he would have taken it on his own initiative.

When asked how the police responded to concerns that her boyfriend’s death might be suspect, Ms. Dunning said, “You received the information professionally, but I was also aware that you may have assumed that he young, gay, one gender is worker and I just thought they would immediately assume, ‘yes he does drugs too’ or he would be ready or he would take the risk.

“I wanted to convince them that they shouldn’t have this stereotype.”

Parts of an earlier statement were read to the court in which Miss Brennan said the police saw Mr. Walgate as “a boy who screwed people for money” and that “when they found out he was an escort, they wrote him off” .

She told the investigative jury at Barking City Hall on Wednesday: “I don’t think it was active against gays.

“But I think there was an unconscious bias and assumption about Anthony’s sexuality, about the work Anthony was doing.

“I definitely think this had an impact on how things were done or not.”

Port initially pretended not to know Mr Walgate when questioned by police and was jailed in 2015 for perverting the judiciary on the lies he told about his death.

When Ms. Dunning came to court on his conviction, she, Miss Brennan, and Mr. Walgate’s stepfather, Sammy Sak, requested an officer present to examine Port’s laptop, but were told it was costly.

A statement was read to the jury in which Ms. Dunning recalled telling the detective, “We said this guy’s seedy as a bastard. He did something to Anthony. “

Ms. Brennan told the court, “We said things like obviously correspondence between devices, port must have a laptop and a mobile phone. You have to go and get this.

“Why don’t you get this?”

Port murdered its victims between June 2014 and September 2015.

He met her through dating apps like Grindr, lured her to his apartment in Barking, east London, before poisoning her with deadly doses of GBH, a rape drug.

In 2016, Port, described by a judge as “evil and monstrous”, was found guilty of all four murders and sentenced to life in prison.

He was also convicted of a number of sex offenses and is likely to die in prison.

Since Port was sentenced, the victims’ families have continued to seek answers as to why Port was not stopped earlier.

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