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The alleged killer, Stephen Port, 40, can be seen in footage from the show’s ninth season, which aired this past June. Port, wearing a blond wig, is seen serving pasta and meatballs to bus drivers at a garage in East London while helping former British boy band star JB Gill as he competed with other stars on the show.
Port is accused of killing four men, all in their 20s, after allegedly meeting them on gay websites and inviting them to his house where he allegedly poisoned them with the party drug GHB.
The Guardian reports that on Sunday, Port was charged with four counts of murder and four counts of “administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict bodily harm.”
The bodies of Port’s alleged victims were discovered over a period of 15 months between June 19, 2014 and Sept. 14, 2015. The first victim, Anthony Walgate, 23, a fashion and design student, was found dead on June 19, 2014.
The second victim, Gabriel Kovari, 22, who was originally from Slovakia but was living in south London, was discovered in a churchyard by a dogwalker on Aug. 28 of last year.
A month later on Sept. 20, 2014, the same dog walker discovered the body of Daniel Whitworth, 21, in the same churchyard.
A year after that discovery, on Sept 14, 2015, Jack Taylor, 25, a forklift driver was also found dead.
The Guardian reports that prosecutors claim GHB overdose was the cause of death of all four men. Initially police didn’t believe the deaths to be connected, but further investigation led authorities to link them on Oct. 14.
Port’s father, Albert Port, 73, told The Guardian, that he was in “complete shock” over the allegations against his son. He described him as very quiet and easygoing — “just an ordinary working person.”
Watch the video of Port’s appearance on Celebrity Masterchef below.
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