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On-the-run killer back in custody
21 Jan 2008 15:10 GMT

A convicted killer who escaped almost a week ago during a visit to a hospital, has been recaptured.

Lee Nevins gave prison guards the slip last Tuesday, while being treated at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The 24-year-old is serving a sentence at Durham's Frankland Prison for killing a man in 2006.

Nevins, who was jailed for 17 years for the murder of Lee Jobling, 20, in Gateshead, was recaptured at an address at Tillicoultry, near Alloa.

Northumbria Police officers, joined by colleagues from Central Scotland, arrested Nevins in High Street, Tillicoultry, on Monday afternoon.

Nevins was jailed after the fatal attack on Mr Jobling on Gateshead's Leam Lane Estate, after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

During his trial, the court heard Nevins and another man, who were drunk, gatecrashed a party and taunted Mr Jobling, who had been left with a limp and a brain injury after falling from a bridge in 2001.

They attacked him, ignoring his pleas for mercy, and left him blood-soaked and fatally injured.

The court heard that as Mr Jobling struggled for breath and started grunting, they began singing Old MacDonald Had A Farm.

Mr Jobling died 19 days later from head injuries on 28 April 2006.

Supt Gordon Milward, of Northumbria Police, said an officer had seen Nevins in Tillicoultry.

He said the "substantial" help Northumbria Police received from their Scottish counterparts had been a key factor in his arrest. Mr Milward said Lee would be taken to a police station, probably in the Sunderland area.

He added that an inquiry into the escape was under way.

He said: "I'm aware that the Prison Service are conducting their own investigation, I'm not aware what the outcome will be and when the outcome will be known.

"I am sure if there are any lessons to be learned, in the hope that a repetition will not take place in the future."

Last week, two men and a youth were arrested and later bailed on suspicion of assisting an offender.