Tuesday 23 July 2019

Man died while digging out tunnels for millionaire's nuclear bunker

A millionaire stock trader in the US has been jailed over the death of a builder hired to dig tunnels for a secret nuclear bunker under his house in Maryland. Stock image
A millionaire stock trader in the US has been jailed over the death of a builder hired to dig tunnels for a secret nuclear bunker under his house in Maryland. Stock image

Jacey Fortin

A millionaire stock trader in the US has been jailed over the death of a builder hired to dig tunnels for a secret nuclear bunker under his house in Maryland.

Daniel Beckwitt (28) was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

During his sentencing, Beckwitt apologised to the parents of the worker who died while digging the tunnels on September 10.

Askia Khafra (21) had been carving out hundreds of feet of passageways under Beckwitt's home in Bethesda when a fire broke out.

When firefighters arrived, they discovered Mr Khafra's "naked, charred body" in the basement of Beckwitt's home.

The cause of death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to the state medical examiner.

Firefighters also found a hole in the floor that dropped about 20 feet down and fanned out into tunnels spanning about 200 feet, according to court documents.

Judge Margaret Schweitzer of Montgomery County Circuit Court sentenced Beckwitt to 21 years in prison, but she suspended all but nine.

Irish Independent

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