A killer who absconded from a mental health facility in London has been found. 

Philip Theophilou, 54, went missing from the facility in Homerton on Sunday (March 31). 

After lengthy enquiries including a review of CCTV footage, Theophilou was found in the early hours of Thursday (April 4) after officers were called to a hospital in south London. 

He was detained and has been returned to the facility. 

In 2004 he killed his 51-year-old neighbour Simon Breed in a knife attack.  

Theophilou then lived rough in Hyde Park for three days before being caught, the Old Bailey heard in 2005.  

He admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sent to Broadmoor special hospital without limit of time under the Mental Health Act, in November 2005. 

Doctors said he suffered from schizophrenia but had not been taking his medication at the time of the killing in April 2004.  

Mr Breed received six stab wounds and several defence wounds, after Theophilou lay in wait for him with a kitchen knife outside their house in Cornwall Avenue, Alexandra Park.  

Theophilou ran to the park from his home in north London, leaving Mr Breed dying outside his house.