UPDATED: Escaped murderer who killed man mistaken for a paedophile hands himself in

Lewis Hoare
Lewis Hoare

A prisoner serving life for murdering a man falsely accused of being a paedophile has handed himself in after absconding from jail with a fellow inmate.

Lewis Hoare, 27, was jailed for a minimum of eight years after his gang killed Brian Kitching, 68, on Southsea seafront in September 2005.

Kenneth Simmonds

Kenneth Simmonds

He handed himself in to British Transport Police at South Ruislip Station at 11pm on Monday night.

Kenneth Simmonds, 43, who absconded with Hoare on Sunday at around 1pm is still on the run.

Simmonds is described as being of medium build, with blue eyes, short brown hair, clean shaven, with a small scar under his left eye, a scar above his right eyebrow, a tattoo of a panther on his left forearm and a tattoo of a panther’s head on his right arm forearm.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Joe Banfield said: “If any member of the public sees Simmonds do not approach him, instead call 999.

“Further, if you are reading this and have any information whatsoever about Simmonds’ whereabouts then please call police via 101.

“If you don’t feel comfortable speak directly to the police then you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Last year Springhill inmate Ian McLoughlin murdered a pensioner after absconding on day release from the prison.

A recent prisons watchdog report said the staff resources being put into lowering absconsions at Springhill were ‘unsustainable’.

A prison service spokesman said: “Keeping the public safe is our priority and we have made major changes to tighten up temporary release processes and open prison eligibility.

“Absconds have reached record lows under this Government - down 80 per cent over the last 10 years - but each and every incident is taken seriously, with the police contacted as a matter of urgency.

“Open prisons and temporary licence are an important tool in rehabilitating long term offenders but not at the expense of public safety.”