Triple killer tried to hang himself after failed escape

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.