The brother of one of the victims told the inquest that “if the police had done their job, my brother could still be here with us today”.
Coroner Sarah Munro QC opened the investigations Tuesday by asserting that the responsibility for the murders of four young homosexuals “rests ultimately only with one man – Stephen Port”.
The inquiries will examine the “competence and adequacy” of the police investigation into Port’s crimes and whether “any opportunities have been missed” that could have prevented Port from killing earlier.
The now 46-year-old man killed his victims in his Barking apartment by overdosing them on GHB drugs before throwing their bodies nearby, jurors said.
He was convicted of the murders of 23-year-old Anthony Walgate; Gabriel Kovari, 22 years old; Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, and issued a lifetime prescription in 2016.
“The trial did not answer the important question of whether the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor could have been avoided,” Ms. Munro said on Tuesday.
She Munro added: “While there appear to have been loopholes in the way police have investigated these deaths, we must consider those loopholes dispassionately and resist the temptation to look for scapegoats. “
The inquest jury will hear more details over the next 10 weeks about how the Port victims met death between June 2014 and September 2015.
The long-awaited hearings, which were postponed during the pandemic, are being held at Barking Town Hall, a few meters from where the bodies of the victims were dumped by Port.
This comes six years after the end of the 16 month killing spree in Port.
Mr. Kovari’s brother Adam described him as “a very intelligent, talented and kind person, passionate about drawing and languages”.
In a statement read by coroner’s lawyer Andrew O’Connor QC, he said: “My brother was an exceptional and ambitious young man who I am sure would lead an incredible life today, if he ever did. had the opportunity.
“He made a mistake by trusting people too much. It cost him his life, but it shouldn’t have.
“In my opinion, if the police had done their job, my brother could still be here with us today.
Mr Taylor wanted to become a police officer before he was killed, his sister Donna told the inquest.
She said the family “would never stop fighting for our Jack”.