Convicted murderer who strangled woman as son (11) slept nearby escapes from jail
A convicted killer who strangled a woman after attempting to rape her has absconded from prison.
Stuart Brownhill had only been free from prison for nine days when he murdered Lynne Taylor while her 11-year-old son slept in their home in Werneth, Oldham, in 1984.
Ms Taylor met Brownhill on a night out on August 30. They took a taxi from outside a nightclub, and when they arrived at her home he asked if he could come in for a cup of tea.
The following morning, her body was found in the terraced property which Brownhill had set fire to in a bid to cover his tracks.
He later admitted he had strangled Ms Taylor after trying to rape her and that he knew the boy was asleep in the property when he started the fire.
He was given a life sentence at Manchester Crown Court in 1985 and was most recently held at North Sea Camp prison near Boston, Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Police said 59-year-old Brownhill was found to be absent during a roll call at 5am on Friday.
He is described as 5ft 8in, bald, and has a green right eye and a blue left eye.
Officers said they believe he may be wearing a brown jacket and black boots.
Police are asking members of the public not to approach Brownhill but to contact them on 999 immediately.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 101.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "Public protection is our top priority. When an abscond takes place, police are immediately notified and are responsible for locating the offender.
"Those who do abscond are returned to much tougher, closed prisons where they will have to serve additional time."