Stephen Port: Drug dealer Gerald Matovu facing jail for supplying Grindr serial killer with illegal substances

Tristan Kirk
Drug dealer: Gerald Matovu, 23, sold mephedrone, also known as meow meow, and GHB to Stephen Port

A drug dealer who supplied illegal substances to Grindr serial killer Stephen Port is facing jail today.

Gerald Matovu, 23, sold mephedrone, also known as meow meow, and GHB to bus garage chef-turned-murderer Port in August 2015.

Port, 42, is now serving a whole life prison sentence for the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, over a 15 month period in 2014 and 2015.

He lured victims to his flat in Barking after meeting through gay dating app Grindr, before plying them with lethal doses of class C drug GHB.

A trial revealed Port had a fetish for sex with unconscious young men, and after killing his victims he dumped their bodies in a nearby churchyard.

Life sentence: Port was convicted of murder (Metropolitan Police)

Matovu's link to Port was exposed after the killer's arrest, when police discovered texts showing he had been one of his drug dealers.

Port, in messages to his then boyfriend, claimed Matovu was a nurse who could help with the practice of slamming - injecting drugs directly into the arm to create a longer high.

At Southwark Crown Court this afternoon, Matovu pleaded guilty to supplying mephedrone and GHB and a third charge of offering to supply GHB.

In a basis of plea he admitted supplying the drugs but said it was not for a profit, and he denied injecting drugs for Port.

​Matovu also said he had no idea what Port planned to do with the substances he provided.

Judge Andrew Goymer told the court: "This supply is in no way connected with the terrible crimes Stephen Port was convicted of and is now serving a whole life sentence.

"I think it should be made absolutely clear this case came to light following Port's arrest and interrogation of his mobile phone and who had been in contact with him.

"There is absolutely no suggestion this defendant came into contact with those young men who were unfortunately victims of Port's terrible crimes."

Judi Kemish, defending, said: "The basis of plea is although he supplied it, it was not knowing the purposes of these drugs."

But Judge Goymer added: "Port was a man who was not just a homosexual but he was a sexual deviant.

"This defendant was on one view supplying drugs used to facilitate that, although it had nothing to do with the murders that were committed."

He said he would assess text messages between Matovu and Port before passing sentence on April 26.

Matovu, of Great Guildford Street in Southwark, pleaded guilty to supplying a class B drug, supplying a class C drug, and offering to supply GHB.

He was freed on bail until sentencing.

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