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Lerone Boye escape: NHS worker acquitted of helping murderer escape

Lerone Boye, Image copyright Metropolitan police
Image caption Boye was jailed for 28 years for stabbing 17-year-old Kelvin Chibueze

An NHS worker accused of helping a convicted murderer escape from a secure unit in east London has been acquitted.

Dean Ablakwa, 29, of Bradmore Court, was charged with conspiring with Lerone Boye to facilitate his escape from the John Howard Centre, Homerton.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court Mr Ablakwa was acquitted. East London NHS Foundation Trust said he no longer worked for them.

Boye, 28, pleaded guilty to being at large between October and January.

'Best three months'

The Metropolitan Police said Boye was found hiding under a bed in Chigwell by officers following a four-month appeal.

He will be sentenced for being unlawfully at large at Snaresbrook Crown Court at a later date.

Boye was serving a life sentence, with a minimum of 28 years, for the murder of 17-year-old Kelvin Chibueze when he escaped.

The teenager was chased out of a birthday party held at the Arteflex Club in Ilford, and attacked with glass and broken bottles.

According to the Metropolitan Police, when asked by arresting officers if his escape had been worth it, Boye replied: "Best three months of my life."

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