Questions are being asked after a serial killer serving a life sentence has been allowed to keep £20,000 from the sale of the home where he murdered his victims.
Stephen Port – dubbed the Grindr Killer because he met his victims on the gay dating app – killed at least four men after luring them to the flat. His involvement in a potential 58 other killings is still under investigation.
Port, now 46, bought a share in the one-bedroom property, in Barking, east London, for £29,500 in 2007. It recently sold for £51,000.
A source said: "He is planning to use the cash to make his stay behind bars a bit cushier.
"The money will come in handy in the canteen and help with buying the latest video games."
So far, the Legal Aid Agency has claimed just £1,060 of Port’s £136,391 legal costs from the property sale.
David Spencer, of the Centre For Crime Prevention, said the situation was "disgraceful", adding: "It’s common sense that all this profit should go back to the taxpayer."
Port met up with the unsuspecting victims and gave them date rape drugs before sexually assaulting and murdering them.
Jack Taylor, 25, Anthony Walgate, 23, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and GabrielKovari, 22, were killed and found near the murderer’s east London flat between June 2014 and September 2015.
They had all been poisoned, abused, and killed.
New inquests for the four men were set to take place in January, but spiralling Covid-19 infection rates in the Barking area forced authorities to postpone them.
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Neil Hudgell, solicitor for the four families, said: "Anthony, Gabriel, Daniel, and Jack were murdered between August 2014 and September 2015.
"Given the years that have passed you can understand why the families are so disappointed by this delay.
"However, they understand the reasons and stand ready to assist the coroner with her inquiries when the inquest opens."
Judge Munro said: "I took the decision to adjourn with great regret. Having considered all the circumstances with care, I concluded that, due to the current situation with the Covid pandemic, there was no safe nor satisfactory alternative to me adjourning the inquests."
The BBC commissioned a drama about the case, entitled Four Lives, starring comedy actor and writer Stephen Merchant. It was originally scheduled for broadcast earlier this year but it has also been delayed.
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