Chef accused of killing gay men he met online tried to frame one

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guard Stephen Port Slovakian Gabriel Kovari, 22, who had been living with Port, was found dead from a drugs overdose on August 28 2014.Then on September 20 2014, the body of Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, was uncovered near the same spot clutching an apparent suicide note.Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors Port had made a “wicked attempt” to frame Mr Whitworth for the death of Mr Kovari. Mr Rees said the note turned out to be “a sham” as handwriting experts found it had been written by Port and not Mr Whitworth.Port denies 29 offences against a total of 12 men, including four murders, seven rapes, four sex assaults and administering a substance with intent. The trial continues. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor Port was jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice by lying to police about the circumstances of the death of his first alleged victim, 23-year-old fashion student Anthony Walgate.He had initially claimed not to know Mr Walgate after reporting a man collapsed outside his flat in June 2014, but later confessed to police that he had “panicked”, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.Mr Walgate, an occasional escort, had told a friend details of a planned sleepover with the man he had met through the Sleepyboys website, jokingly saying it was “in case I get killed”, the court heard.In an “extraordinary” twist of fate, Port’s second and third alleged victims were found by the same dog walker in a churchyard 400 metres from where he lived, the court heard. An alleged serial killer planted a suicide note on one victim in a “wicked attempt” to frame him for the death of another, a court has heard.Over a period of 15 months, Stephen Port surreptitiously plied four young gay men he had met online with fatal doses of date rape drug GHB so he could have sex with them while they were unconscious, jurors heard.The 41-year-old chef and former male escort allegedly dragged their bodies out of his flat in Barking, east London, and dumped them in or near a graveyard as he tried to cover up what he had done.center_img Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guardCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA The fake suicide note read: “I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friend Gabriel Kline (Kovari), we was just having some fun at a mate’s place and I got carried away and gave him another shot of G.”I didn’t notice while we was having sex that he had stopped breathing. I tried everything to get him to breathe again but it was too late, it was an accident, but I blame myself for what happened and I didn’t tell my family I went out.”I know I would go to prison if I go to the police and I can’t do that to my family and at least this way I can at least be with Gabriel again, I hope he will forgive me.”BTW Please do not blame the guy I was with last night, we only had sex then I left, he knows nothing of what I have done.”I have taken what g I have left with sleeping pills so if it does kill me it’s what I deserve. Feeling dizey now as took 10 min ago so hoping you understand my writing.”I dropped my phone on way here so it should be in the grass somewhere. Sorry to everyone. Love always. Daniel P W.” Mr Rees told jurors the note was written to give the impression Mr Whitworth had taken an overdose because he blamed himself for Mr Kovari’s death.At the time, police accepted the apparent suicide note on face value and did not investigate further, he said.Mr Whitworth’s movements before his death were not checked and no attempt was made to find “the guy I was with last night”, he said. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack TaylorCredit:Facebook I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friendfake suicide note Four of Stephen Port’s alleged victims suffered overdoses and were dumped in or near a churchyard in east LondonCredit:Facebooklast_img read more

Blue Ocean Monitoring completes monitoring of subsea tailings placement

first_imgBlue Ocean Monitoring (BOM), a provider of real-time ocean data services, has completed a contract in Indonesia working for PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT), a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp. BOM’s task was to use its Slocum Glider to monitor PTNNT’s Tailings Placement Program at its Batu Hijau copper-gold mine in Sumbawa, Indonesia. The tailings from the mine are piped (3.2 km) out to sea and deposited off the Continental Shelf, where the depth reaches in excess of 4,000 m.The glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle, was deployed to monitor that the tailings were not being disbursed into the coastal environment of Sumbawa or surface waters. The monitoring program lasted for three weeks.BOM has a fleet of four gliders, making it the largest commercial Slocum glider operator globally. The glider provides persistent near-real time ocean information via a secure proprietary data acquisition and visualisation system.Tonny Bachtiar, PT Newmont’s General Supervisor Environmental Monitoring stated “The monitoring project, led by Ben Hollings of Blue Ocean Monitoring, in our view was very successful and demonstrates our willingness to introduce new technology to show our commitment to the environment.”Simon Illingworth, CEO of Blue Ocean Monitoring said “The project ran smoothly from start to finish and the data returned by the glider showed the Placement Program is proving to be a success. The glider was able to determine quickly at the outset of the project whether Newmont’s Tailings Placement Program was doing what it had been designed to achieve. This was very important given the cost, magnitude and environmental sensitive nature of the program.”BOM says “the glider is an ultra-efficient autonomous underwater vehicle that collects persistent ocean data at a fraction of the cost of vessel based sampling. The modular architecture allows for sensor payload on the glider to be configured to address multiple applications simultaneously that include environmental water quality monitoring; dredge plume monitoring; physical or biological oceanographic studies and baseline environmental data collection.last_img read more