Killer back behind bars

Lewis Hoare
Lewis Hoare
Police at Catherine House in Stanhope Road Portsmouth on April 19 after a suspicious device was found in the building. Picture: Byron Melton

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A CONVICTED murderer from Portsmouth who absconded from an open prison is back behind bars.

Lewis Hoare, 27, formerly of Samuel Road, Kingston handed himself in to British Transport Police at South Ruislip Station in west London at 11pm on Monday, Thames Valley Police said

He had walked out of Spring Hill Open Prison near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire at 1pm on Sunday with fellow inmate Kenneth Simmonds, 43, who is still at large.

Hoare, who has the word ‘Pompy’ tattooed across his knuckles, was jailed for life with a minimum term of eight years in 2007 for his part in the death of pensioner Brian Kitching.

The 68-year-old former naval rating was beaten to death by a gang on Southsea seafront in September 2005.

It has not been revealed why Hoare was serving time in the open prison.