Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC was appointed an Assistant Coroner within the East London area to conduct the inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor. These four young men aged between 22 and 25 years old died in Barking between June 2014 and September 2015.
In November 2016, following a trial at the Old Bailey, Stephen Port was convicted of murdering all four men. He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting a number of other young men. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order.
Following the conviction of Stephen Port, the High Court granted an order quashing the conclusions of the previously held inquests into the deaths of Gabriel Kovari and Daniel Whitworth. HHJ Sarah Munro QC was appointed on 1 May 2019 to conduct fresh inquests into the deaths of Mr Kovari and Mr Whitworth alongside the resumed inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate and Jack Taylor.
Evidential hearings started in the Barking Town Hall on 5th October 2021. After 38 days of hearings, the Inquests concluded, on schedule, on 10 December 2021 with the Jury’s conclusions.