Leeds & West Yorkshire

David Mitchell pleads guilty to murder of Robert Hind

David Mitchell (left) and Robert Hind, 46, (right) Image copyright West yorkshire police
Image caption David Mitchell with Robert Hind, 46, (right) who was last seen at Huddersfield bus station on 11 December

A convicted killer has admitted murdering a sex offender in West Yorkshire less than 18 months after being released from a life sentence.

At Leeds Crown Court, David Mitchell, 46, of Manchester Road, Cowlersley, admitted killing Robert Hind, also 46.

Police said Hind's body was found in a river after he went missing from Dewsbury in December while on licence.

Mitchell, who was jailed for life for killing his partner in 1991, will be sentenced for murder at a later date.

Police were alerted to Hind's disappearance on 11 December 2013 when he was recalled to prison having breached the terms of his licence.

The last CCTV sighting of him was at Huddersfield bus station on the morning he went missing.

He was with a man police later identified as David Mitchell.

Police at the time had warned Hind posed a risk to the public and told people - especially children - not to approach him.

A post-mortem examination showed Hind, also known as Dack, had died of head injuries and strangulation.

Mitchell was arrested and charged with murder several days after Hind's remains were found in the River Colne in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield.

Image copyright West yorkshire police
Image caption Robert Edward Hind, 46, was a known sex offender who police said posed a risk to the public

Mitchell was jailed for life in 1991 for the murder of his estranged partner.

In July 2012 he absconded from HMP Kirkham in Lancashire, where he had been held since March of the same year, but was recaptured three days later.

The Ministry of Justice was unable to confirm the date Mitchell was released from his life sentence.

Following Mitchell's guilty plea, a Probation Service spokesperson said: "We are determined to have the best possible systems in place to supervise offenders in the community and work hard to manage risk but it can never be completely eliminated.

"As with any case involving a serious further offence, a detailed review has been carried out to identify if any lessons can be learned for the future."

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