Thursday 30 March 2017

Great escape -- with a spoon

Toby Green

Tunnelling under the prison walls has long been a favourite method of breaking out of jail. Now one convict in the Netherlands has gained her freedom by digging herself out with a spoon.

The 35-year-old escaped from a prison in the city of Breda, in the south of the country. "She used a spoon to make the tunnel to escape on Sunday morning," Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, said yesterday.

According to Dutch media, the tunnel was dug in a cellar under the building's kitchen. A hatch was used to keep the escape route hidden. It is believed one or more collaborators helped her by working loose parts of the pavement outside the jail where the tunnel emerged.

The prisoner, who has not been named, "was sentenced because of a violent crime", Mr de Bruin said. He would not confirm reports that she had been convicted of murder and still had 22 months of her sentence to serve. (© Independent News Service)

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