Handbag snatch killer Mark Woolley arrested after going on the run

12 February 2018, 17:15

A murderer and former heroin addict has been recaptured after he disappeared from a probation meeting and went on the run.

Mark Woolley, 52, was jailed in 2001 for killing costume designer Elizabeth Sherlock as she tried to get back her stolen handbag.

In November, he was released on licence from HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire and vanished after a probation meeting in Hackney on 31 January.

Met Police said he had been found and arrested on Monday afternoon at an address in north London after breaching the conditions of his licence.

His victim had been travelling with her husband to her father's birthday when her handbag was snatched at London's Euston station by Woolley's then girlfriend Jackie Moorehouse.

Ms Sherlock, 42, gave chase.

Moorehouse got into Woolley's car to get away but Ms Sherlock jumped onto the vehicle and was thrown into the air as it was driven away by Woolley - who witnesses said smiled as he ran over her body.

Woolley had scores of previous convictions and both he and Moorehouse - who was cleared of murder - stole to fuel their heroin habit.

Judge Michael Hyam, when sentencing Wolley, said the crime was "a wicked act done without pity and without remorse".