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Mother, 51, ‘manually dug a 35-foot tunnel in an attempt to break the son out of prison’ in Ukraine

Mother, 51, faces jail sentence after daring attempt to single-handedly dig a 35ft tunnel to free her murderer’s son from prison in Ukraine

  • Mother, 51, arrested after 35-foot tunnel discovered at prison wall in Ukraine
  • It is thought that the woman tried to free her son, who serves life for murder
  • She manually moved three tons of soil for three weeks to create an escape route
  • But she was caught trying to go under prison walls and is now in prison herself

A mother who single-handedly attempted to dig a prison in Ukraine to free her murderer’s son is now facing incarceration.

The 51-year-old woman, who is not mentioned by name, rented a house near the prison in southern Zaporizhia, where her son is serving a life sentence.

Then she used spades and pickaxes to dig a 10ft deep tunnel in a nearby field which then ran 35ft underground to just below the prison walls.

A 51-year-old mother has been jailed in Ukraine after attempting to dig an escape tunnel under prison walls so she could free her son who is serving a life sentence for murder

A 51-year-old mother has been jailed in Ukraine after attempting to dig an escape tunnel under prison walls so she could free her son who is serving a life sentence for murder

The woman rented a townhouse closest to the prison, then dug a 10ft deep tunnel into a nearby field that ran 35ft underground to the prison

The woman rented a townhouse closest to the prison, then dug a 10ft deep tunnel into a nearby field that ran 35ft underground to the prison

The woman rented a townhouse closest to the prison, then dug a 10ft deep tunnel into a nearby field that ran 35ft underground to the prison

She dug alone at night to not attract attention and arrived at the dig on a silent electric scooter.

A prison guard said, “She had some kind of trolley, a piece of plywood with small wheels, so she could clear the ground.”

The land was dumped near a disused garage near the site of the excavation.

The woman had moved about three tons of soil by the time she was caught and arrested three weeks after starting her project.

During the day, the woman stayed indoors to avoid drawing attention as an outsider.

At the Ukrainian TV channel TSN showed a photo of her to a shopkeeper nearby, he didn’t recognize her.

Tools used in digging

Tools used in digging

In the tunnel

In the tunnel

The woman used hand tools (left) to dig out the earth and placed a trolley in the tunnel (right) removing three tons of debris

The tunnel had almost gotten under the prison walls (photo) when it was discovered, and the woman is now also being locked up

The tunnel had almost gotten under the prison walls (photo) when it was discovered, and the woman is now also being locked up

The tunnel had almost gotten under the prison walls (photo) when it was discovered, and the woman is now also being locked up

Neighborhood resident Serhey Pilnyansky said, “This mother prepared herself thoroughly. “Maybe she’s a miner’s daughter.

“Digging three meters deep would be difficult enough. “She didn’t have an excavator or anything like that.”

No details have been given about the identity of her son, who is from Mykolaiv, a five-hour drive away, but is now imprisoned in the dismal penal colony.

During a search, the police found hand tools to dig. The woman received praise from Ukrainians. “This is a real mother – not one of those who abandon their children,” said one commenter.

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