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Convict riots over burger deprivation

The Local · 19 Jan 2016, 12:39

Published: 19 Jan 2016 12:39 GMT+01:00

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The man, who was not named but was serving time for a sex attack, was being kept at the Göllersdorf jail in Lower Austria where prison wardens needed to take him for a psychiatric check-up at a nearby hospital.

However, once he was inside the prison van the convict turned violent and refused to calm down, forcing the vehicle to turn round and head back to the jail.

Once he was removed from the van, he told officials that he would go quietly for the check-up if he was given a Big Mac menu.

According to local newspaper Heute, he was heard telling the jail officers: "Get me a Big Mac menu and I will be a good boy."

According to the report, he was then driven with a blue light to the nearby McDonald's where he was ordered a Big Mac menu.

Quoting a warden, the paper said that the man then kept his word, and after wolfing down the Big Mac burger menu, caused no further problems while being moved to the hospital for the check-up.

However the incident was criticised by Christian Lausch from the opposition far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), who said: "Serious criminals are leading our justice system around by the nose. Are we going to end up with a system where they get a Happy Meal every time they are asked to do something?"

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However Austrian prisons spokesman Josef Schmoll said: "In this case, we are dealing with a particularly difficult and dangerous criminal. We had the choice of a total escalation of what was happening or giving in to his demands."

Story courtesy of Central European News

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