Inmate jailed for manslaughter and previously for kidnap escapes from prison

Keith Whitehouse Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

An inmate who raped and killed a woman while on home release from prison in the 1990s has been recaptured after absconding from custody again.

The alarm was raised after Keith Whitehouse failed to appear for roll call at Leyhill open prison in South Gloucestershire at 8.15pm on Saturday. He was last seen three-and-a-half hours earlier.

Police issued an urgent appeal for sightings. They confirmed he had been found and arrested in an update on Sunday afternoon.

Mentally-disturbed Whitehouse, 56, is serving a life term for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after he battered 21-year-old Suzanne Bromiley over the head with a brick after forcing her to have sex at knife-point in a graveyard in 1991. He also stabbed her in the head.

He committed the crime during five days' leave from Risley jail, Warrington, where he was serving a 30-month sentence for kidnap.

Police thanked all those who had helped with the search after he absconded.