Warning to public as killer absconds on escorted leave from secure hospital

A killer has absconded during his escorted leave from a secure hospital in west London.

Mosa Jamal Abid stabbed his cousin, Moamen Settar, to death in 2016 and was sentenced under the Mental Health Act two years later after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The Metropolitan Police said he “can be violent” and the public should not approach him if seen.

The 26-year-old also absconded from Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London, in October 2019.

He was escorted to a newsagents in Uxbridge Road, Ealing, on Monday 10 April when he ran off at about 3pm.

Police think he fled eastbound along Uxbridge Road before entering Brent Lodge Park.

In a statement released via the Met Police, Abid’s family appealed directly: “Mosa – if you are reading this then please do the right thing and return to hospital so you can get the care and support you need.

“Every day that goes by and we don’t know you are safe and well is heartbreaking to us.”

Officers searched the area but could not find him and CCTV enquiries in the local area continue. He was last seen wearing a navy hooded jacket, black trousers and blue trainers.

Abid requires medication for an ongoing health condition and might attend a hospital for help or approach local mosques during the Iftar period for food and drink.

Detective Inspector Alistair Stillgoe, from the local policing team in west London, said: “I understand that the longer Mosa remains missing, the more concern will grow amongst the public.

“I want to reassure people that we are utilising all our available resources, including deploying specialist officers, to help to locate him.

“We have had calls from members of the public and these have been followed up; some of these sightings have centred on the Hanwell area.

“Mosa may be sleeping rough in the area so I would ask people to keep an eye out and if they see someone fitting Mosa’s description, not to approach him, but to call us immediately.”

Police have urged anyone with information to call 999, quoting CAD 3873/10Apr.


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