Police seek murderer from Kingston who disappeared during day release


Derek Passmore killed a man in 1996.

By SWLondoner staff

A murderer from Kingston is on the run and has not been seen since his day release in June.

Derek Passmore, 48, killed a man in a Hampton flat in October 1996 and was serving a life sentence.

He is described as 6ft 1in, with brown hair and hazel eyes and a goatee beard, but is not currently assessed as a direct threat to the public.

“In view of the seriousness of his offence, and the fact that so far there has been no sighting of him, we seek public assistance in reporting any information that may help us to find him,” said Detective Chief Inspector David Wardley-Wilkins, of Sussex Police.

Police said Passmore has connections in Twickenham, Sutton and Kingston, Maidstone, and elsewhere in the south-east.

Passmore beat to death Paul Craig, 34 who was crippled with arthritis, after he believed Mr Craig was seeing his estranged girlfriend.

He was told he would spend at least 14 years in prison, but at a review at the Royal Courts of Justice a judge reduced the minimum time to 11 years.

Anyone who sees Passmore, or who knows where he may be, is asked not to approach him but to contact 101 quoting Sussex Police Serial 1532 of 22/6.

You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of Ray Forster, with thanks

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