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Evening Standard
Anthony France

Manhunt as ‘devil worshipper’ who killed cousin goes on run from hospital again

A “devil worshipper” who stabbed his teenage cousin to death has absconded from a mental health hospital for a second time in four years.

Mosa Jamal Abid, 26, was on escorted leave at a newsagents in Ealing when he ran off from staff employed at a nearby secure facility around 3pm on Monday.

He is believed to have fled eastbound along Uxbridge Road before possibly entering Brent Lodge Park.

Metropolitan Police officers searched the area but Abid could not be found.

In June 2017 he was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his cousin on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The “self-confessed devil worshipper”, then 22, wrote a rambling letter to Satan before carrying out the attack on 18-year-old Moamen Settarr in October 2016.

Abid went to Mr Settar’s home in Wembley and took a large knife from the kitchen before repeatedly stabbing him.

The victim’s younger sisters, aged nine and 15, heard screams from their brother’s bedroom before Abid left the house laughing with the knife hidden behind his back.

Abid then went to his father’s flat to change into a new shirt, before he was found sitting on a bench by police next morning, reported ITV at the time.

When police raided his home in Northolt they found documents, including the letter to Satan.

He first absconded while receiving out-patient treatment at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London in October 2019 before being recaptured.

Scotland Yard said extensive CCTV enquiries are now ongoing and officers are continuing to search the area around a secure hospital in Ealing.

Abid was last seen wearing a navy hooded jacket, with black trousers and blue trainers.

A spokesman said: “Mosa can be violent and, if seen, he should not be approached by the public.”

Abid requires medication for a health condition and might attend a hospital for help. It is also possible he may approach local mosques during the Iftar period for food or drink.

Police are liaising with hospitals and mosques to keep them informed.

Detective Inspector Alistair Stillgoe, from the local policing team in west London, said: “I recognise this will cause concern in the community, however I want to assure you that we have officers working round the clock to find Mosa and return him to hospital as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 999, quoting CAD 3873/10Apr immediately.

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