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Rafael Valadão, the well-built tattooed Brazilian convict, tried to follow one of his smaller fellow prisoners who had already made a bid for freedom through thru a hole in the wall.
But he was left screaming for help when he became wedged while others tried to force him through the hole they had made with a metal shower pipe. “He has a very large physique and is also very tall,” said Lieutenant Tiago Costa, of the local fire brigade.
“The other prisoners tried to push him but he stayed stuck in the wall. He started screaming in pain, and that was when the prison guards were alerted.” The prisoner tried to break free late on Monday night at a prison in Ceres, near Goiania.
He was left with his upper body hanging outside of the prison while he was trapped by the hole in the wall around his midriff. He was rescued after firemen smashed through the rest of the wall and is now being treated for a suspected fractured rib.
When police returned him to his cell, they found a suitcase full of clothes in anticipation of his escape. Corporal Cesar, of the local military police, said there were four inmates in his cell and the prisoner who had successfully broken free had thrown a bag of clothes over the fence to collect afterwards.
The runaway climbed the 15 foot prison wall and has yet to be recaptured. Earlier this year, eight inmates escaped from a prison in the same Brazilian state after tunnelling from their cell to a neighbouring school courtyard.
Since January, at least 14 other prisoners have also broken out with residents complaining about the constant stream of escapees coming out so close to a school.