A convicted murderer who removed his monitoring ankle bracelet and escaped parole has been caught after a manhunt in Sydney.
NSW Police said on Monday Damien Peters was last seen at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick around 4:15pm on Sunday afternoon, and warned the community not to approach him.
Police were informed when he went missing, and found his monitoring anklet nearby four hours later in the suburb of Kensington.
Damien Peters pleaded guilty to murdering and dismembering two of his male lovers in his unit in Surry Hills in 2001.
During the trial it was claimed Peters stabbed Tereaupii Akai twice in the neck before cutting up his body and throwing it in a council bin.
About eight months later, Peters stabbed Bevan James Frost to death before cutting up his body. Police found the remains in the bathtub in Peters’ unit.
Peters was jailed for 21 years in 2002 and has been on parole since 2016.
Cramsie earlier said he did not believe Peters was a danger to the community, but that police were treating his parole breach seriously.
“Mr Peters was free to come and go to the hospital as he saw fit,” Detective Superintendent Rohan Cramsie said.
“We don’t know at this stage what has been the catalyst for him to remove the bracelet yesterday.”
Police described Peters as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175 to 185cm tall, with a muscular build and short brown hair.
He has a tattoo on his right upper arm of a snake wrapped around a panther and tribal-style tattoos on his upper left upper arm, NSW Police said.
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