Prisoners have been caught red-handed trying to escape a Brazilian prison after one of them got stuck dangling from the ceiling. Ten inmates were trying to flee from the Casa de Custodia in Teresina in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Piaui.
The jailbirds had somehow made a hole in the concrete ceiling of their cell and attempted to get through it until they were caught in the act by military police and prison officers.
The officers even had time to snap pictures one crook’s legs dangling as he tried to desperately get through the hole.
Legal adviser of the Union of Penitentiary Agents of Piaui Vilobaldo Carvalho said the prison suffered from frequent breakout attempts partly because it was so overcrowded.
He said: ‘Currently the House of Custody has 336 places and has 1,036 inmates, that is, 700 more than its capacity, basically triple.’
The convicts involved in the escape were isolated in another section of the prison and the escape hole was covered.