GLOUCESTER: A killer serving a life sentence for battering a woman over the head with a brick after forcing her to have sex with him at knife-point has gone missing from jail.
Keith Whitehouse, who killed and raped 21-year-old Suzanne Bromiley while on leave from a 30-month kidnapping sentence in 1991, failed to appear for a roll call at Leyhill open prison in south Gloucestershire on Saturday evening, police said.
He had already not been seen for several hours.
It is the second time the 56-year-old has absconded from prison, having killed Ms Bromiley during a five-days’ leave period from Risley jail in Warrington.
Whitehouse – who was known to have a psychopathic personality disorder – also stabbed his victim in the head after meeting her at a day centre for unemployed people in Brighton.
Nobody had looked for him during his absence from jail until he killed Ms Bromiley – more than four months after he had gone missing.
He was handed a life sentence for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Avon and Somerset Police have warned that the fugitive – who is 6ft 5ins tall and slim, with short grey hair and a grey moustache and goatee – should not be approached if seen.
He has links to the West Midlands and Brighton.