Daniel Rosenthal
Daniel Rosenthal was convicted of the murder of his mother at Winchester Crown Court in 1981. He had earlier killed his father

A paranoid schizophrenic who murdered his mother and father has been recaptured by police after escaping from custody at a psychiatric hospital.

Daniel Rosenthal, 58, was found in Southampton at around 11am on Sunday and returned to the Tatchbury Mount Hospital in Totton, Hampshire Constabulary confirmed.

He had last been seen at around 2.30pm on Saturday, when he went for a "routine, unsupervised walk".

The public had been warned not to approach him, while his description had been widely circulated.

Rosenthal was jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court in 1981. He had killed his father in France, disposing of the body in a bin bag in a forest outside Paris before returning to England where he killed his mother, Leah Rosenthal, 60, cutting up her body with a hacksaw.

Her body was never found. Rosenthal could not be charged with his father's murder.

He was dubbed "the mad scientist" because of experiments he carried out on chicken eggs and embryos in a "lab" he built in the living room of the family home in Hedge End, near Southampton.

The hospital where he is a patient is just 15 miles from that property.

Police had mounted an "extensive" search areas of the New Forest and areas of Southampton that he had once been known to frequent.