Lerone Boye escape: Mental health worker in court

An image of Lerone  Boye moments before he escaped An image has been issued of Lerone Boye moments before he escaped

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A staff member at a mental health centre has appeared in court accused of helping a convicted murderer escape.

Lerone Boye, 27, was jailed for life in December for stabbing a 17-year-old boy to death at a birthday party in 2011.

He was being held at the John Howard Centre in Homerton, east London, when he absconded on 16 October.

At Thames Magistrates' Court, Dean Ablakwa, 29, from north London, was remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 7 November.

He is also accused of possession of cannabis.

Officers in Hackney are continuing to appeal for help in tracing Boye, who is described as black, about 5ft 10in and slim, with short black hair.

Broken bottles

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

Police have released an image of Boye moments before he escaped.

People are advised not to approach him but dial 999.

Boye was ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years for stabbing Kelvin Chibueze at the Arteflex Club in Ilford, east London.

The teenager was chased out of a birthday party and attacked with glass and broken bottles.

Update 30 July 2014: Dean Ablakwa was acquitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 16 July of conspiracy to assist in the escape of an offender. Lerone Boye admitted being unlawfully at large.

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