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Prison guards jailed after death-row inmate escapes

TWO prison guards in southern China will now taste life behind bars after being jailed for allowing a death-row inmate to escape.

The prison's deputy head Chen Qingzhen was jailed for five years and guard Tao Ende jailed for three by the people's court in Zhongshan County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to China News Service today.

The court said their lenient sentence reflected their prompt confessions and good conduct.

Chen and Tao were working the night shift on March 30 when the jailbreak happened. Tao persuaded Chen to rest in another room shortly after midnight.

Tao then remembered that a death-row inmate once told him she had hidden 130,000 yuan (US$19,045) in cash and some gold in the county prison.

He released Feng Feng from her cell, put her in a room without any shackles, and tried to get her to tell the secret hiding place, according to the report.

They talked for several hours over snacks, but Feng sneaked a sleeping pill into Tao's drink and broke out of jail at 4am when both guards were sound asleep. She was caught four days after her escape.


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