“Extreme nervousness” appears to have been his downfall.
Convicted murderer Pedro Abreu Paiva skipped jail during a prison furlough over a year ago.
During that time he travelled abroad, returning to Portugal in order, purportedly, to travel down to the Algarve “where he believed he would be most safe”.
Albufeira was given as his final destination, but he never got there.
Police checking bus passengers as they passed through São Bartolomeu de Messines, in the borough of Silves, from Lisbon saw immediately that he was extremely nervous.
At first they thought he might be a drug trafficker, writes tabloid Correio da Manhã, but they quickly discovered that he was actually a convicted felon on the run.
Paiva is understood to have been carrying false papers which led to his unmasking.
The 45-year-old who was on a 21-year-stretch for murder is now back behind bars and “serving the rest of his sentence”.
CM gave no details as to what kind of penalty he may be facing for his year-long ‘absence without leave”.