Escaped killer rapist is sentenced to life in prison

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During a fire drill at Ealing Hospital, Da Silva escaped and fled to Spain

A man who escaped custody and went on the run after strangling his girlfriend has been jailed for life.

Miguiel da Silva killed Susan Martin in 1994 and went on to rape two women while on the run in Spain.

Da Silva, an asylum seeker, who was described in court as "possessive and controlling" strangled his 44-year-old partner in west London.

The killing took place the day before she planned to leave him to go back to her home in Manchester.

Judge Richard Hone told him: "It must have been a terrifying ordeal. You took her life because you were determined that only you should possess her. "You are a serious and continuing danger to women in general."

Da Silva, who was 24 at the time, handed himself in to police and was remanded to secure accommodation in Ealing Hospital, in east London, while an assessment of his mental health was being carried out.

But during a fire drill Da Silva escaped and fled to Spain.

The victim's daughter, Sarah Martin gave a victim impact statement in which she said: "Sixteen years on I still feel the huge loss as if it happened yesterday".

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