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Serial killer accused Stephen Port a 'compulsive liar'

Court drawing of Stephen Port Image copyright Julia Quenzler
Image caption Stephen Port denies a total of 29 charges including murder and rape

An alleged serial killer accused of poisoning four young men is a "compulsive liar", a court has heard.

Stephen Port, 41, denies murdering the men by secretly giving them overdoses of date rape drug GHB.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told the Old Bailey the four died as a result of Mr Port's "selfish" sexual fetishes.

Only a "dreadful series of coincidences" would support Mr Port's claim he had been wrongly accused, he said.

'Insatiable appetite'

The court has heard all four men Mr Port is accused of murdering died shortly after being with him at his flat in Barking, east London.

In his closing argument, Mr Rees said the accused had been exposed as a "habitual and compulsive liar" during cross-examination.

He cast doubt on Mr Port's claim he had not played a part in the men's deaths, all of whom were found dead near the defendant's home.

"Is this defendant unbelievably unlucky? Have circumstances conspired to point the finger at him? Or is he a very guilty man?", Mr Rees asked jurors.

Mr Port also faces a string of sex charges including rape in relation to eight more men he met through dating websites.

The prosecutor said the accused had been "driven by his seemingly insatiable appetite for sex with Twinks" - boyish, smaller men - while they were were unconscious.

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Image caption Mr Port is alleged to have murdered the men at his flat in Barking, east London

The "obvious solution", Mr Rees said, "was drugs".

During his final address, Mr Rees told jurors to put aside feelings of "anger and disgust" at Mr Port's behaviour, and said the case was not about his sexuality.

Mr Port is accused of murdering Anthony Walgate, 23, originally from Hull, Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, and Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, east London.

Mr Port denies all 29 charges against him.

The trial continues.

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