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Jury retires in trial of alleged ‘Grindr serial killer’ Stephen Port

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The jury has retired in the trial of alleged serial killer Stephen Port.

41-year-old Stephen Port, of Barking, east London, was charged last year with the alleged murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor.

He has pleaded not guilty to 29 charges which include murder, rape, sexual assault and drugging.

Port allegedly used GHB to poison a number of victims, after meeting them on gay hook-up apps.

The court previously saw details of his accounts on gay networking, escort and hook-up sites.

In total, 18 different accounts across 12 separate apps and websites had been linked to Port.

The court previously heard that GHB bottles and even a suicide note were found planted on men’s bodies.

Four bodies were found in and around the St Margaret’s Churchyard, Barking, between June 2014 and September 2015.

His trial began in October at the Old Bailey.

The jury has retired to make its verdict, which is expected later today or tomorrow.

A separate investigation from the Independent Police Complaints Commission is ongoing.

The trial continues.

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