December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A convicted killer has been detained by police in Norwich today after going on the run.
Clive Butcher, 48, was wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said Butcher was detained in Norwich city centre this lunchtime and will now be returned to prison.
Butcher, formerly of the Salvation Army hostel in Fore Street, Ipswich, was jailed for six-and-a-half years in 2010 for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Rebecca Hoban, 28.
Butcher first achieved notoriety when he featured on BBC1’s Crimewatch programme in 2006.
He went on the run after 1,689 indecent images of children, which were downloaded between January 1, 2002, and October 12, 2004, were discovered on his computer by officers from Suffolk Constabulary’s hi-tech crime unit.
Butcher fled before trial and was convicted in his absence. Although he was believed to have fled to Spain, he was tracked down to Ireland where he was working as an electrician. In April, 2007, he was arrested and sent back to Suffolk.
Butcher was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to six months in jail for making indecent images of children and one count of possession of indecent photographs.
After his release, Butcher returned to Ireland where he met Ms Hoban while both were drug addicts and sleeping rough.
Dublin’s Central Criminal Court heard Butcher had stabbed the mother-of-one after they had spent the afternoon of December 17, 2008, drinking and smoking heroin. He plunged a bread knife into his girlfriend’s back six times as they rowed over drugs.
Just before 7pm, Butcher dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance to be sent to his bedsit, saying Ms Hoban was “dying rapidly on the floor”. He told the operator he was “evil” and had just stabbed a woman three or four times.
In his subsequent interviews with Gardai, Butcher described a violent struggle after a row broke out over money for drugs.
Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts or has seen him recently should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.