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BUS STOP GUNMAN DIES BEHIND BARS; Murderer was returned to jail after fleeing as he prepared for release.

Byline: SALLY HIND

A KILLER who shot a man dead at a bus stop 30 years ago and went on to blow his chance at freedom has died behind bars.

John Wilson gunned down Stephen Barnes in Glasgow in 1991 and shouted "bang, bang" at the victim's family in court as he was jailed for murder.

He absconded from prison as he prepared to be released from his life sentence and was denied opportunities for parole.

He died aged 55 while a prisoner at HMP Low Moss, near Glasgow, on February 15.

Wilson murdered 24-year-old Stephen four months after the pair rowed in the Sheiling Bar in Shettleston, Glasgow.

The killer appeared in front of his victim as he waited for a bus home with a friend and fired a single fatal shot at close range.

When police searched Wilson's home in nearby Mount Vernon they found a cache of weapons.

In 2016, the killer was on an unescorted work placement in Dalmarnock as part of his preparation for freedom when he failed to return to Greenock

Prison. He was found in Rutherglen three days later and returned to prison.

A prison source said there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed the death and said a fatal accident inquiry would be held.

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CALLOUS Wilson, left, shot Stephen, right, dead with one shot

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