A prisoner almost bled to death after cutting off his penis in his cell because his wife did not visit him on Christmas Eve.
The man was devastated after being told his wife didn’t want to see him in a conjugal visit, prompting him to hack off his genitals.
Prison workers saved the unnamed inmate’s life after finding him covered in blood and bleeding to death following his shocking act of self-mutilation and rushing him to the jail health centre.
The horrific incident happened on Christmas Eve at the Puerto III prison in Puerto de Santa Maria near Cadiz in south-west Spain.
An association representing prison workers at the town’s three jails, called TAMPM Puertos, said: “An inmate amputated his penis because his wife didn’t want to go to prison to see him.”
It was not immediately clear if medics had been able to reattach the sex organ.
Local reports said he suffered psychiatric problems, but it is not known why he was imprisoned.
It is the latest gory act of self-mutilation to rock Spain's prison service.
In September, a prisoner was rushed to hospital after appearing to have sliced off and eaten his own ears.
The unnamed 30-year-old blacked out after committing his shocking act of cannibalism at a jail near Badajoz, south east Spain.
Well-placed sources told Spanish press they had been unable to find the missing body parts and suspected he had either eaten them or flushed them down the toilet.
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The unnamed inmate was being treated at the time at a psychiatric wing of Badajoz’s University Hospital.
Prison guard unions told local press the chilling episode showed what could happen if people who should be in secure psychiatric units were being held in normal prisons.
One union source told El Periodico de Extremadura at the time: “In Spain there are only a couple of centres of this sort and they’re clearly insufficient.”
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