Stephen Port, 43, who was sentenced in 2016 to a full life tariff for the murders of four men who met on a social data app, has appealed against the harshness of his sentence. BBC reports that Port has made an application to The Court of Appeal to have his sentence overturned. The application is in the very early stages of appeal. A judge will examine the application and decide whether there are grounds to proceed with the process. The appeal, according to BBC is only against the life tariff sentence for the murders and not for the convictions against the various sexual offences he was also found guilty of.
Port had drugged, raped and murdered four men he met on the dating app Grindr before he was caught. Prior to his convictions he had trained as a chef and had appeared on Celebrity Masterchef as a kitchen hand according to The Sun, he had also worked as a bus mechanic, a door-to-door salesman and stock worker. He also claimed to have been a child prostitute when he was younger.
Throughout his trial, Port showed no remorse for the killings and claims that he had an obsession with drug-fueled rape pornography that led to the attacks and murders. He was found guilty in 2016 for the murders of Anthony Walgate, Jack Taylor, Daniel Whitworth and Gabriel Kovari. All of his victims were found to have the date rape drug GHB in their systems and the killer had filmed himself on his phone assaulting them. The families of the victims believe that Port could have been caught sooner, but there was a sense of homophobia from the police service, that allowed him to continue killing. One family member told The Sun “I genuinely believe that if Anthony had been a girl left outside like trash they would’ve put a lot more effort into it, a lot more effort. As they were all young boys, they did nothing.”