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A mental health worker has been accused of helping a schizophrenic murderer escape from a secure unit in Homerton. Lerone Boye has not been seen since walking out of the John Howard Centre last week.
He is the second potentially dangerous patient to escape from the unit with the last four months. Luke Hanrahan reports.
Dean Ablakwa has worked at the John Howard Centre for a year as a Social Therapist.
Today the defence said that the reason Ablakwa didn't get in the way of Lerone Boye as he tried to escape was that he was scared - he hadn't completed his training.
But the prosecution say that the two men knew each other well, that they'd exchanged phone calls and text messages in the days before the escape.
Police in Hackney are still trying to trace Lerone Boye, who is described as:
- Black, about 5ft 10in and slim, with short black hair
- He has a scar on his right cheek, a goatee beard and a gold tooth in his upper row of teeth
- Boyce was ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years for stabbing Kelvin Chibueze to death at the Arteflex Club in Ilford in 2011
A member of staff at a mental health centre in Homerton will appear in court today accused of helping a convicted murderer escape from custody. 27-year-old Lerone Boye was jailed for life in December for stabbing a 17-year-old to death following a birthday party.
Boye was being held at the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Homerton, east London when he absconded at 2pm on October 16.
Dean Ablakwa from north London, was arrested yesterday and will appear at Thames Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to assist an offender to escape from lawful custody, Scotland Yard said.