We swear, that headline is entirely factual. It’s not gratuitously elaborated or blown out of proportion. Lee Murray, a former UFC fighter and one of the most fascinating sports subjects on the planet really did try to break out of a Moroccan prison, allegedly by taking out the window of his cell with small saws he was hiding in plates of biscuits.
(Not actually Lee Murray, but IS actually a Moroccan prison.)
Again, we’re not making any of this up. It turns out that Murray, who is being held on charges of cocaine possession (but is also wanted back in his native Britain for one of the most notorious and successful high stakes robberies since the days of the old West) had cut a ton of weight to prepare for an attempt to wriggle out of his window cell once he cut out all the bars. In case you aren’t up to speed on Moroccan prisons, we feel comfortable saying this about them: They don’t have very large windows. According to FIGHTERS ONLY MAGAZINE (via YAHOO!’s CAGEFIGHTER), Murray’s whole plan was foiled when he was kicked out of his jail cell for — get this — using a laptop with full internet access in his cell, an indiscretion which got him in more trouble when a full five kilograms of drugs were found in the cell as well.
Clearly, this is a man who still thinks he can get away with anything, probably because he did get away with one of the most brazen robberies of the modern era. That aforementioned armed theft from a Securitas (cash-in-transit and security guard company) depot in England involved some $92 million and locking up the depot manager, his family and all of his staff in a cage. You can even see security video footage of some of the heist right here.
(Murray and team during Securitas depot robbery.)
And that robbery was hardly Murray’s first brush with brilliant antisocial behavior. He famously fought — and legendarily knocked out — Tito Ortiz in a massive London street brawl after UFC 38. The two were to fight again in the octagon, but his burgeoning criminal portfolio kept that from happening.
Who knows when he’ll get out of jail now. These most recent antics will almost surely keep him locked up in Morocco for an extended period, and British authorities are still negotiating some sort of an extradition (Murray is of Moroccan heritage, making him a citizen) to try him on the bank robbery charges. Yet no matter how long it is, we can all be sure of one thing: This guy is going to try to escape again. Come on, you know it’s true.
You know what? Given the elaborate plot of the Securitas heist and his willingness to try and hide tiny saws in biscuits, this guy might be clever enough to pull it off. Don’t count him out.