Brighton Killer Hands Himself In

A nationwide hunt for Steven Dunne, who vanished from Hellingly psychiatric hospital, was called off when he walked into a police station in Manchester.

Dunne, 42, was reported missing when he failed to return to Southview Low Secure Unit at around 5pm Wednesday evening.

He was being treated at the unit, after being convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

He fatally stabbed a man in Brighton last November who he was convinced was controlling his mind and ordered by the court to be detained under the Mental Health Act.


Dunne will now be treated at a more secure unit at another hospital in Sussex.

Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: "We were concerned for Mr Dunne's welfare and we worked closely with Sussex Police throughout their investigation.

Mr Dunne recognised that he needed help and that's why he came forward to police in Manchester. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the public for their understanding and their strong support."

DI Miles Ockwell, who led the police investigation, said: "We are pleased that Steven has been found. Steven entered Bootle station in the centre of Manchester to hand himself in. I want to thank the media, the public and Greater Manchester Police for supporting us in our attempt to find Steven."

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