Spanish murderer stages shock jailbreak

A crafty Spanish criminal staged a Hollywood-style prison break on Thursday with his props being a football injury, a plaster cast and a flashy BMW with its engine running.

Spanish murderer stages shock jailbreak
The prisoner was aided by two accomplices who were waiting for his arrival at the hospital. File photo: Keith Allison

The prisoner, doing time for murder and sex crimes, was aided by two accomplices who were waiting for his arrival at Principe de Asturias hospital in the town of Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid.

Police believe the men were alerted by the prisoner’s family, who had previously received a call from Alcalá Meco penitentiary as required by Spanish protocol.

CCTV footage showed the criminal's two partners in crime in the hospital grounds prior to the prisoner’s arrival.

Their objective, as would soon become all too clear, was to distract the officers escorting the prisoner to allow the jailbird to fly free.

Once the prisoner had been uncuffed and had his arm put in plaster, the policemen accompanied him back to the police car parked outside the health centre.

But as soon as they stepped onto the hospital's emergency ramp they were faced with a brawl between the prisoner’s accomplices.

The officers at first hesitated and when they finally decided to intervene they were pushed to the ground by the two men.

The prisoner then hit the officers on the head with his plaster and escaped in a BMW that had pulled up right next to the scuffle.

A manhunt is now underway while the officers who accompanied the prisoner are being investigated.

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Spain halts electric shock experiment on violent inmates to curb aggression

Spanish authorities have called off phase two of a scientific experiment to see if electric shocks administered to the brains of violent prisoners could curb aggression.

Spain halts electric shock experiment on violent inmates to curb aggression
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The pilot study was carried out at Huelva Prison in southwestern Spain and saw the technique – known as transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS – carried out on 41 violent prisoners, 15 of them serving murder sentences.

Spain’s interior ministry announced that the experiment had been called off the day after preliminary details of the study, which tested the impact of small electrical currents passed into the prefrontal cortex of volunteer male prisoners, were published in the New Scientist.

The trial, which had the approval of prison officials and university ethics committee wanted to determine whether TDCS deliver to the frontal lobe in three 15-minute sessions had an effect on levels of aggression reported by the male inmates.

Phase two of the study was due to commence this month.

But an interior ministry spokesman explained that permission for the experiments had been given by the previous government and would now be suspended as a precaution pending a full investigation into the matter.

The treatment, which is supposed to be painless, involves strapping electrodes to the inmates head and turning on an electric current for 15 minutes per day over the course of three days.

The prisoners are required to fill out questionnaires before and after treatment rating their feelings of anger.

Samples of each participant's saliva are also tested for cortisol levels – a hormone that increases with stress and can indicate aggressive tendencies.