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Triple killer tried to hang himself after failed escape

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09:32 CET+01:00
Juha Valjakkala, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing three members of the same family in northern Sweden in 1988, tried to hang himself after being re-arrested on Thursday.

Valjakkala escaped from a low security prison at Hamina in Finland on Monday but was seized three days later at an apartment in Helsinki.

Now he is being detained under police guard in a psychiatric ward in the Finnish capital, according to Aftonbladet and the Finnish paper Ilta Sanomat.

Two hours after Valjakkala was arrested on Thursday he was found in his cell "in a bad condition". He was taken to the emergency ward of Helsinki's Maria hospital.

However, his injuries were not judged to be serious and Valjakkala was taken to a secure psychiatric ward.

The 41 year old triple murderer, who has changed his name to Nikita Joakim Fouganthine, escaped through a window at the open prison as his application for a pardon was being considered by President Tarja Halonen.

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