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Triple murderer in new Finnish jail break

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Triple murderer in new Finnish jail break
10:20 CET+01:00
A Finnish man, previously convicted of murdering three people in northern Sweden in 1988, escaped from a prison in Finland on Wednesday morning where he was serving time for drunk driving.

46-year-old Nikita Fouganthine, who has changed his name several times, was known as Juha Valjakkala when he shot and killed a man and his 15-year-old son and then stabbed the man's wife to death in a graveyard in Åmsele, near Skellefteå, in 1988.

He was sentenced to life in prison and deported to Finland to serve his sentence.

In 2009, Fouganthine was granted a conditional release, but was re-arrested in Finland in June of this year and sentenced to four and a half months in prison for drunken driving and making illegal threats with an air gun.

On Wednesday morning, Fouganthine failed to show up for his prison work duty at the minimum security Kerava prison in Finland, the Finnish Daily Ilta Sanomat reported.

According to reports in the Finnish media, the escape comes shortly before he was set to be released.

“It was madness for him to escape. It simply shows he has the brain the size of a raisin. He would have been released any time now,” Staffan Brunn, a reporter for the Hufvudstadsbaldet newspaper, told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“Now he's a wanted man and in Finland it's a crime to escape from prison. Now he can expect a new sentence.”

Brunn theorized that Fouganthine fled prison because of “a pressing need” to see his girlfriend.

Wednesday's flight is only the latest in a string of escape attempts made by the triple murderer over the years, with the first one coming in 1991.

In 1994, he took a guard hostage and then escaped from the Riihimäki prison, only to be arrested a few hours later.

In 1997, Fouganthine and a fellow inmate managed to make it out on the roof of the Kakola prison, only to be detained by guards before they managed to jump.

Fouganthine's wife helped him break out of the Pyhäselkä prison in 2002 when he was on an unsupervised furlough.

The couple managed to make it to Sweden in a stolen car before being arrested in Piteå in northern Sweden two days later.

In 2004, guards caught Fouganthine after giving chase for a few hundred metres after he tried to flee yet another Finnish prison and in 2006 he was on the run for several days before being arrested after escaping from a minimum security facility.

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