Valletta, Malta – Four prison guards were charged in a Maltese court for allegedly beating a Dutch prisoner after he tried to escape, the Sunday Times of Malta reported. The prisoner, Perry Ingumar Toornstra, 32, a drug-trafficker who had been serving a 15-year term, suffered a broken arm and ribs in what he claims to have been a savage beating that occurred late Saturday as he was brought inside the prison walls.
The Dutchman gave the guards the slip on the morning of August 9 as he was being returned to the Maltese prison after being granted an hour’s prison leave to see his mother.
He was allegedly beaten up and taken to a cell in the solitary confinement area immediately afterwards and was only taken to hospital for treatment two days later.
The prison guards were all denied bail and remanded in custody. The Dutchman was jailed in 2000 over what was then the biggest ecstasy haul in Malta.
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