The inquest hearings for Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were due to begin but were adjourned by East London coroner Her Honour Judge Munro QC.
The inquest will investigate the Police’s investigation of their deaths. The coroner was unable to guarantee the safety of the 20 to 30 individuals including jurors and court staff travelling to and from the town hall every day. The coroner said the chances of the inquests reaching a conclusion were ‘minimal’ in the current climate, with a high likelihood that participants would need to self-isolate at some point. Dr Anton van Dellen is instructed to represent the partner of Mr Daniel Whitworth. There has been extensive press coverage:
Major inquest delayed over concerns about safety of travelling | News | Law Gazette
Stephen Port victims’ inquest delayed by Covid-19 | Barking and Dagenham Post
Police watchdog slammed for ‘whitewash’ report which saw 17 officers cleared over blunders | Daily Mail Online
Judge to consider what to do if witnesses refuse to answer questions about Stephen Port murder investigations | Barking and Dagenham Post
Judge will not investigate coroner in fresh inquest into Stephen Port murders | Barking and Dagenham Post
Stephen Port murder investigation officers won’t be disciplined over potential misconduct, watchdog says | Barking and Dagenham Post
Inquest into Stephen Port’s victims takes place at the Old Bailey | Barking and Dagenham Post
Stephen Port: Coroner will not face investigation in fresh inquest (twnews.co.uk)
Internal police report into gay serial killer Stephen Port to be shown to families (kentonline.co.uk)
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