Inquest finds that two victims of Stephen Port, the serial killer of Grindr, were wrongly believed to be drug addicts by a detective investigating their deaths.

  • Peter Sweetman Detective Sergeant stated that the victims were drug addicts. 
  • Sweetman denied that Jack Taylor had a problem with addiction. 
  • Port is being investigated to see if it could have been stopped earlier. 

An inquest jury heard that a detective who was investigating the murder of Stephen Port’s two teenage victims wrongly believed they were drug addicts.

Peter Sweetman stated that Port’s fourth victim Jack Taylor was a man who could have used drugs. Sweetman also developed a working theory about Gabriel Kovari’s murder, another drug-rape victim in Barking.

Sweetman claimed that Taylor wasn’t his friend, although he denied making the mistake of assuming that Taylor was addicted to drugs. However, he also said that Taylor and Sweetman did not have any connection between the deaths, despite the similarities in the victim profiles and the locations they were located.

Port is being investigated to determine if it could have been stopped earlier.

Pictured: Stephen Port now 46, was handed a whole-life order in 2016 for the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Mr Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Mr Taylor, 25

Pictured is Stephen Port (now 46), who was sentenced to a life-long prison term in 2016 after he was convicted of the murders Anthony Walgate (23) and Daniel Whitworth (22) respectively.

Detective Sergeant Peter Sweetman said Port's fourth and final victim, Jack Taylor, had the 'stature and appearance' of someone who might use drugs, and had a similar working theory over the death of Gabriel Kovari (pictured), the second man killed by the drug-rape predator in Barking, east London

Jack Taylor

Peter Sweetman, Detective Sergeant, stated that Port’s final victim Jack Taylor, right, had the “stature and appearance” of someone using drugs. He also had similar theories about Gabriel Kovari’s death (pictured), who was the second victim of the Barking drug-rape predator. 

Inquest jury at Barking east London heard that Mr Sweetman gave an interview to Independent Office for Police Conduct. He said about the Taylor investigation, “Did this appear like the kind of person in terms stature and appearance who could take drugs?” “Yes,” is my answer.

The Taylor family used to describe Mr Taylor as anti-drugs.

Sweetman also said that Mr Kovari was extremely thin. I thought it possible that he could have been a drug addict.

The inquest jury heard Mr Sweetman tell the court that his thoughts were based on his experience with drug users.

Sex predator Port (pictured) gave fatal doses of date rape drug GHB to four young gay men, and dumped their bodies near his flat in Barking, east London

Port, a sex predator, gave four gay young men fatal doses GHB, the date rape drug, and then dumped them near his Barking flat, east London.

Pictured: The spot in the walled cemetery at St Margaret's church, Barking, where Mr Kovari's body was found - the body of Daniel Whitworth, 21, was also later found here

Pictured is Mr Kovari’s grave in St Margaret’s cemetery, Barking. Later, Daniel Whitworth’s body was found there.

He declared:[Mr Kovari]Was of similar appearance. [drug addicts]In the past, I’ve dealt with them.

“He was thin and didn’t eat very much. If you are on drugs, it can suppress your appetite.”

Mr Sweetman stated that he didn’t link Mr Kovari’s August 2014 death to Mr Taylor’s September 2015 death, even though both were dumped at nearly identical places in St Margaret’s Churchyard, Barking.

He replied, “Yes, they are obvious similarities. But, I wasn’t struck at that time.”

“Maybe, in hindsight of course, maybe I shouldn’t’ have thought that way. I did not draw the link.

Inquests revealed that Port had met his victims through gay chat sites, before injecting them with fatal amounts of GHB and then disposing their bodies.

Port was 46 years old when he received a whole-life sentence in 2016 for the murders Anthony Walgate (23), Mr Kovari (22) and Daniel Whitworth (21) respectively.