Reward to trace escaped convicted killer upped to £15,000

Lerone Boye

Lerone Boye - Credit: MPS

A reward of £10,000 has now been upped to £15,000 for information leading to the whereabouts and arrest of a convicted killer who escaped from a secure mental health unit in Hackney more than a month ago.

Yesterday detectives offered up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Lerone Boye – who murdered a teenager two years ago.

Now Crimestoppers has boosted the sum by a further £5,000.

Detectives also released a new image of Lerone Michael Boye yesterday, who absconded from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Lower Clapton, on Wednesday October 16.

Dean Ablakwa, 29, a member of staff at the John Howard Centre, was charged with conspiracy to assist an offender escape from lawful custody one week later.

Boye was sentenced to 28 years in jail at the Old Bailey last December for the murder of 17-year-old Kelvin Chibueze in August 2011.

The teenager was attacked in a mass brawl involving knives and bar stools at a private party in Ilford.

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He managed to flee, but tripped outside a Lidl supermarket and four rival gang members – including Boye – sat on his legs to stop him running away, before stabbing him repeatedly with a foot-long blade.

After Boye’s escape, security and processes at the John Howard Centre came under review for the second time in four months, “as a matter of urgency”.

Boye was the second potentially dangerous patient to escape from the centre in the space of four months.

In June 2012 a man escaped from the medium secure unit, and was caught by police six days later and sent to prison.

In August James Lisbon – who police have warned the public not to approach – failed to return from escorted leave from the low secure unit, and is still AWOL.

Police intelligence suggests Boye, who is known to have links to Barking, Newham and Ilford, may well be in East London.

Anyone who sees Boye – who has a horseshoe shaped scar on his cheek, a goatee beard and a gold tooth – should call 999.

Anyone with any information about Boye’s whereabouts can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to claim the reward, or give information via a secure online form at