Sunday 20 October 2019

Prison escapee gives himself up because he’s sick of life in the sun

‘Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be’.

The former fugitive had been living in Tenerife for 10 years (Lauren Hurley/PA)
The former fugitive had been living in Tenerife for 10 years (Lauren Hurley/PA)

By Associated Press reporter

A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, went to police at Salzburg’s railway station on Saturday night and told them he was a fugitive prisoner who had just arrived from Munich Airport.

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The 64-year-old gave himself up to police in Salzburg (Dave Thompson/PA)

They said he told officers he had spent the past 10-and-a-half years on Tenerife and wanted to return home because “Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be and he had lived there long enough”.

Police verified that he had fled a prison in eastern Austria. He was taken to a Salzburg jail.

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