Relatives of young men killed by the serial killer Stephen Port have said it is ‘insulting and distressing’ that they still have no answers over police mistakes meaning he was not caught sooner.
The families of Port’s four victims have said they now hope there is an “end in sight” in their fight to discover how police failed to stop the serial killer for more than a year.
The Metropolitan Police have admitted “missed opportunities” to catch Port sooner and at least 17 officers are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The families have also launched a civil claim against the Met police over the alleged blunders.
Between June 1014 and September 2015, Port stalked young men on gay dating websites and lured them to his flat in Barking, east London. Once there, he spiked their drinks with fatal doses of the drug GHB so he could carry out his rape fantasies.
The bodies of his victims were found dumped near his home, but initial investigations failed to recognise they had been murdered, the Old Bailey trial heard.
In November 2016, Port was given a whole life term for the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25.
A year later, the High Court quashed the original inquest into the deaths of Mr Kovari and Mr Whitworth after it emerged in the trial that Port had staged their bodies and planted a fake note suggesting it was an accidental overdose and suicide.
All four men will now have a joint inquest. However East London Coroner’s office confirmed it has yet to set a date for a hearing in the case, which could take more than a year to come to a full inquest.
Mandy Pearson, stepmother of Mr Whitworth, said: “We continue to seek answers and accountability from the police about how, for a whole year, they let us believe that Daniel had committed suicide, in which time Port went on to kill again.
“We really did hope that, with Port now behind bars, the police would be held to account for their actions.
“The fact that after all this time we’re still no further forward is insulting and distressing for all of the families.”
The IPCC, which has compiled 7,000 pages of material on the case, is understood to be finishing a draft of its long-awaited report in the new year.
Around April or May, it will be sent to the loved ones of Port’s victims, but the results are not expected to be made public until the conclusion of the fresh inquest into their deaths, which could take a year or more.
Ms Pearson said: “It won’t bring any of the boys back, but we’ve been determined from the outset to get to the bottom of what happened and so we hope this will help with that. We won’t rest until we get to the truth.”
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