Daniel Whitworth's step-mother, Mandy Pearson, said after the ruling: "This is an important start to getting some of the many wrongs concerning Daniel's death corrected.
"The very least we can do for Daniel is to get the facts about his death recorded correctly and, with a new inquest we are hopeful we can do that for him and for Gabriel, Anthony and Jack."The Metropolitan Police have faced widespread criticism over their handling of the case, as well as accusations of institutional homophobia in failing to link the deaths of four gay men in the same spot over an 18-month period. Solicitor Andrew Petherbridge, representing the families of all four victims, said holding inquests for the deaths together would "help identify if institutional failings and discrimination within the Metropolitan Police service played any roles in their deaths". Port was handed a whole life sentence after being convicted on multiple counts of murder and sexual assault in November last year, meaning he will die in prison. The court heard at the time how the former chef used online dating apps to lure victims to his flat before before injecting them with lethal doses of date-rape drug GHB. The sisters of Port’s final victim, Jack Taylor, previously revealed how they had to investigate their brother’s murder themselves after police refused to treat his death as suspicious. “It was seen as gay drugged men who had just sat there, done an overdose, and that’s that. As if it were normal,” Jack’s sister Donna said following Port's conviction last year. The Met referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the wake of Port’s arrest and 17 officers are currently under investigation over their handling of the case. More stories: Glee star arrested on domestic battery charges Former S Club Juniors star Aaron Renfree learns an important lesson about naked selfies and reflective surfaces