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On the run murderer caught with converted gun

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On the run Cumbrian killer facing longer jail sentence after being caught with gun

A convicted Cumbrian murderer caught with a gun while on the run from prison is facing an extra spell behind bars.

William BewleyWilliam Bewley, 49, had the adapted Italian-made starting pistol at his home near Deal, Kent, where he was seized after almost a decade at large.

The killer had served 20 years of his sentence when he absconded from minimum security HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire on March 5 2001.

Bewley was jailed for life in 1979 for shooting farmerís wife Ruth Musgrave near Cotehill, Carlisle.

He was 17 when he murdered mother-of-two Mrs Musgrave in January 1979.

Her husband Frank discovered his wifeís bloodstained body in an outbuilding at the familyís isolated Knot Hill farm.

Bewley, formerly of The Green, Cotehill, shot Mrs Musgrave when he was disturbed burgling the farm.

Mr Musgrave found his wifeís body after returning home to discover a trail of blood leading to a cattle shed.

When police finally caught up with Bewley at his Walmer bolt hole on June 4 last year, officers found the Kimar model 85 automatic self-loading starting gun which had been adapted to fire live rounds.

The weapon was missing its firing pin but a police firearms expert found the gun could be fired using tools.

He was due to stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court but Judge Louise Kamill ruled Bewley had no defence in law for possessing the gun and he pleaded guilty.

Judge Kamill remanded Bewley in custody until today when he will be sentenced.

Last year, Bewley was cleared of two knife attacks on his ex-wife Karen Waide at her home in Barking, Essex, while he was at large on New Yearís Eve 2004 and on May 19, 2007.

Jurors at Snaresbrook took just 15 minutes to clear Bewley of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm after a seven-day trial.

Bewley, of Roselands, Walmer, Deal, Kent, admitted possessing a prohibited firearm.

He has earlier admitted escaping lawful custody.
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