Convicted killer Stephen Port. (Credit: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police)

A High Court judge has ordered fresh inquests into the deaths of two men who were murdered by the serial killer Stephen Port.

Port was convicted a year ago of murdering Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Gabriel Kovari, 22, in 2014.

Their original inquests had recorded open verdicts but the court heard "new evidence" had since been uncovered.

Quashing the original verdicts, Lord Justice Holroyde said new inquests were "both necessary and desirable".

Mr Kovari, originally from Slovakia, was found dead in a churchyard in Barking, east London, on 28 August 2014, three weeks before Mr Whitworth, from Kent, was discovered in the same spot.

A fake suicide note found in Mr Whitworth's hand - which had in fact been written by Stephen Port - said he had accidentally killed his lover Mr Kovari and was taking his own life as a result.

In fact, the two victims did not know one another.

Police accepted the note at face value and treated the deaths as non-suspicious, despite concerns being raised by people close to both men.

The court heard that subsequently police had not treated the two deaths as murders, meaning the coroner had lacked key information at the inquests in June 2015.

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