Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC has been appointed an Assistant Coroner for the East London coronial area and will sit as the coroner for the inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, the four men murdered by serial killer Stephen Port between 2014 and 2015.
A pre-inquest review (PIR) has been set for Friday 5 July at the Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH starting at 10:30am.
The PIR will examine, amongst other things, the scope of the inquest, the witnesses to be called, whether a jury will be appointed and the location of the inquests.
Andrew Petherbridge, the lawyer from Hudgell Solicitors acting for the victims’ families, says: “The families welcome the appointment of a coroner. They’ve had a very long wait for answers but feel positive that a date has been set and that the inquest process can now resume.”
Oliver Carlyon of fieldfisher and Andrew O’Connor QC are instructed as solicitor and counsel respectively to the inquests.
Stephen Port was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2016 at the Old Bailey for the murders of 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari, 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth, 23-year-old Anthony Walgate and 25-year-old Jack Taylor.