Hunt Is On For Convicted Killer
Saturday May 17, 2008
Police are still hunting a convicted killer who has
gone on the run from an open prison - and the public have been warned
not to tackle him
John Bowden, 51, failed to return to Noranside
jail in Angus on Thursday.
Police said Bowden, who was last seen in the nearby
town of Forfar, was being tested in "open conditions" when he absconded.
Bowden, originally from south London, was given a
life sentence in 1982 at the Old Bailey after being convicted of
murdering park-keeper Donald Ryan.
Tayside Police are examining CCTV footage and working
with British Transport Police and other forces in an attempt to trace
He was last seen near the Tesco store in Castle
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said the public
should not approach Bowden.
He added: "John Bowden is unlawfully at large. If
anyone is aware of his whereabouts, they should contact the police."
Bowden, who was due to be considered for parole later
this month, was originally jailed in England, after being ordered to
serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for the murder of Mr Ryan.
With two accomplices, Bowden lured Mr Ryan to a flat
to rob him and then mutilated him while he was still alive using a
handsaw, electric carving knife and a machete.
In 1992, while being held at Maidstone jail in Kent,
Bowden went on the run during a compassionate visit to his sick father.
He was later recaptured and transferred to Scotland
in 1995, where he was held at a number of jails before being transferred
to Noranside in October 2007.
During Bowden's court case, the judge, Mr Justice
Mars-Jones, said: "There was never a more terrible case of murder than
Saw killer John Bowden goes on run from prison
By Brian McCartney - DailyRecord.co.uk
May 17, 2008
SADISTIC killer who cut up a man with a saw while he was alive is on the
run after being allowed to go shopping.
John "Ginger" Bowden, 51, was allowed the trip as
part of his training for freedom - despite showing traces of cocaine in
a prison drugs test.
And the decision by the killer - who was given a life
sentence in 1982 - to go on the run has puzzled prison insiders, as he
was due to go before a parole hearing which could have won him freedom
in just a few days.
Ian McGregor, governor of Noranside Prison, near
Brechin, Angus, is understood to have allowed the shopping trip as the
drugs test was not totally conclusive.
A prison source said: "Bowden had asked for a second
test. Even if that proved positive it wouldn't necessarily have affected
his parole hearing, but absconding will. "
Bowden's suitability for parole was reviewed a year
ago because of his contact with the group Anarchist Black Cross - who
campaign for the abolition of the prison system.
Bowden, who has written for the group's website,
blames the brutalising effect of the penal system for the "senseless"
murder of park-keeper Donald Ryan, 49.
Mr Ryan was lured to a flat in London by Bowden and
two other men and knocked unconscious. He was put in a bath and
dismembered with a saw and a machete while alive.
Bowden spent 18 months on the run after escaping
while on compassionate home leave in 1992.
But he was sent back to jail after being caught for
dole fraud and identified by his fingerprints as a prisoner on the run.
He went on to marry secretary Alice Still, then 42,
who he met during his escape.
But the prison source said they had separated some
Bowden was moved to open prison conditions last year
and has been on regular home leaves.