Mental health unit worker charged with helping Ilford murderer Lerone Boye escape

Lerone Boye moments before he absconded from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Homerton

Lerone Boye moments before he absconded from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Homerton - Credit: Archant

A worker at the Hackney mental health unit where Ilford murderer Lerone Boye disappeared from last week has been charged with helping the killer escape.

Lerone Boye. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Lerone Boye. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service - Credit: Archant

Police have not yet found Boye, who was imprisoned along with three others for the murder of Kelvin Chibueze in August 2011.

The 17-year-old collapsed in a car park outside Lidl after being repeatedly stabbed with a foot-long blade in a brawl at Arteflex nightclub, off High Road.

Police have charged Dean Ablakwa, 29, from north London, with conspiracy to assist an offender escape from custody.

He is a member of staff at the John Howard Centre in Homerton, where Boye was serving his 28 year sentence.


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The murderer disappeared on October 16 at around 2pm and police are still appealing to trace him.

He is described as black, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build with short black hair.

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He has a scar on his right cheek, a goatee beard and a gold tooth in his upper row of teeth.

The public are advised not to approach Boye but call 999 if seen.

Ablakwa is in custody and was due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court today.

Anyone with any information about Boye’s whereabouts is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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