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A senior prison officer who struck up an intense sexual relationship with a heroin dealer inmate and smuggled in drugs hidden inside chocolate Kinder egss for prisoners has been jailed.
Julie Turton, 54, exposed herself to a risk of blackmail by engaging in sexual contact with heroin dealer Danny King, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
The wing manager claimed she had enjoyed the best day of her life during her relationship with King, aged in his 30s, and even sent him an intimate picture of herself on her iPhone when he was transferred to another jail.
Turton, who worked at HMP Birmingham, was jailed for two years and eight months after she admitted five charges of misconduct in public office.
She had acquired stereo equipment from Argos for another prisoner, conducted illicit phone communications with inmates and supplied cannabis found hidden inside two chocolate Kinder eggs.
Robert Price, prosecuting, told the court that King had been housed on M Wing at HMP Birmingham between November 2011 and May 2012 before he was moved to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire.
Turton’s affair was exposed after police raided her home in May last year and found a hand-written, but undated, letter from King addressed to ‘my beautiful sexy Julie….’
‘In the body of that letter, Danny King was expressing his undying love for Miss Turton,’ Mr Price told the court.
Subsequent police inquiries established that the lovers had spent almost 400 minutes chatting over the phone while King was serving his sentence.
Jonathan Park, mitigating, told the court that Turton’s life had spiralled out of control after she found out her husband had been unfaithful.
‘At that stage, for the first time in her life, she felt particularly isolated and she was emotionally vulnerable,’ Mr Park said.
‘Her position is that the sexual activity (with King) was restricted to two occasions, that they happened in a prison setting, and that the activity itself was a combination of kissing and sexual touching – and on each occasion lasted no more than five minutes.’
Passing sentence, Recorder Thomas Rochford told Turton, of Hembs Crescent, Hamstead, Birmingham, that her ‘special link’ with King and inappropriate friendships with others defied belief.
Pointing out that Turton was well aware her actions would compromise the security of the 160 inmates in her care, the judge told her: ‘What you did in your role as a senior prison officer was to form a sexual relationship with Danny King.
Persuasion: Arteef Hussain, 25, who is already serving a six-year term for possession of a handgun, was sentenced to a further 12 months for encouraging Turton to supply cannabis
‘The precise details and frequency of what went on between you is not known, suffice it to say that some sort of sexual intimacy took place on prison premises in Birmingham.
‘You also knew, no doubt, that your sexual relationship was bound to cause serious risks to security and to discipline.
‘People like you are trusted and the prison service depends upon the trust that is placed in staff such as you.’
Recorder Rochford also sentenced 25-year-old Arteef Hussain, who is serving a six-year term for possession of a handgun, to a further 12 months’ custody for encouraging Turton to supply cannabis while he was being held at HMP Birmingham.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brennan, who led the investigation, said the prison had raised concerns about Turton, who was then dismissed from her post.
Pete Small, director of the privately-run prison, said the sentence properly reflected Turton’s ‘reckless’ behaviour.
‘As an established prison officer with more than 20 years of experience, Julie Turton not only let herself down, but abused the trust of her colleagues and the prison service,’ said Mr Small.
‘The overwhelming majority of our staff act with integrity and professionalism to provide a safe environment for prisoners, staff and prison visitors.
‘There is no place for misconduct or corruption at the prison and if we have any suspicions over any staff, we will always investigate and, if necessary, work with the police to bring a prosecution as we did in this case.’
A prison officer has been jailed after she enjoyed a secret lesbian romance with an inmate serving life for murder in a Holloway Prison.
Sophia King-Chinnery, 25, embarked on a relationship with Sarah Anderson after she was locked up at the notorious jail in Parkhurst Road for a minimum of 15 years for stabbing a cyclist to death in the street.
They exchanged hundreds of love letters in which Anderson addressed the prison officer as her “wife”, Southwark Crown Court heard.
King-Chinnery also allowed the inmate to keep a mobile phone for eight months so the pair could spend hours chatting to each other.
But the convicted murder was left distraught after hearing rumours that King-Chinnery was cheating on her.
After being confronted by bosses King-Chinnery accepted she had an “emotional relationship” with her jailbird lover after experiencing difficulties with her colleagues, but letters between the two were said to “make clear” the relationship was sexual.
King-Chinnery, of Hook Rise South, Surbiton, Surrey, admitted to two counts of misconduct in a public office and sobbed after she was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Friday.
Sentencing, Judge Michael Gledhill QC told her: “The fact of the matter is you were a prison officer and from the moment you became a prison officer, you were well aware of the rules, which don’t include having any sort of personal relationship with the prisoners that you are supposed to be looking after.
“I’m aware you will have a much harder time than others when serving your sentence but you brought that on yourself.”
Prosecutor Andrew Howarth said: “Clearly the relationship went further than an emotional one.’
“The letters made clear the nature of the relationship between the two women was sexual.”
The judge gave Anderson a concurrent three-month prison term after she admitted to causing the transmission of a sound or image from prison.
A female prison officer based in Chelmsford who was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate will not face any further action and has resigned from the Prison Service.
During previous appearances at Chelmsford Crown Court Elizabeth Surrey, (above) an officer at HMP Chelmsford, had denied misconduct in public office over claims she had a relationship with a male inmate at the category B jail.
The Crown Prosecution Service has now withdrawn the allegations, the court confirmed.
The 25-year-old, from Chelmsford, had been due to stand trial next month.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “Ms Surrey has now resigned from the Prison Service.”
Five prison officers have been suspended after a violent incident involving one of the men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby – in a move which commentators say is ‘perfectly understandable’.
They were stopped from working at one of the country’s top-security jails after a struggle with the Woolwich murder suspect.
Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth as he was restrained during an incident at Belmarsh prison in southeast London three days ago. His injuries required medical treatment in the jail but he did not go to hospital.
Four officers are believed to have been suspended on Thursday, while the suspension of the fifth member of staff took place yesterday.
The officers have been sent home on full pay and cannot work at the jail or in any other prison for the time being. All five men deny that they assaulted Mr Adebolajo. A Prison Service spokesman said: “Five members of staff have been suspended while the police investigation is ongoing.”
Prison sources said that the incident occurred when several officers were involved in an approved “control and restraint” operation when Mr Adebolajo, 28, refused to obey their instructions.
It is understood that several officers were called to help to restrain Mr Adebolajo when he began acting violently on Wednesday in the high-security unit at the jail. Five officers have to be present every time that he is unlocked and returned to his cell.
Peter McParlin, the national chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association, said that he had spoken to the officers involved and they insisted they had done nothing wrong.
He said: “We feel that the Ministry of Justice have let the staff down here. They have suspended five of our members but that does not necessarily mean they are guilty of anything.”
Mr Adebolajo, of Romford, East London, is being segregated from other prisoners but is not in the jail’s segregation unit.
His brother Jeremiah said that Mr Adebolajo had telephoned the family and told them he was bleeding and had lost the teeth. He is one of two men accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby outside Woolwich barracks in May.
When he appeared in court last month charged with murder, he complained about his treatment at the hands of prison staff. A Prison Service spokeswoman said that it would be inappropriate to comment because of the police investigation.
Mr Adebolajo is charged with murder and possessing a revolver. He is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers. His alleged accomplice, Michael Adebowale, 22, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm.
Mark Leech editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners said the suspensions were ‘perfectly understandable’.
“To suspend five members of staff for their involvement in an Control and Restraint incident may seem to be a knee-jerk reaction but a prisoner was seriously injured here, allegedly losing two teeth, the suspensions are perfectly understandable and all the more so given the political senstivities of the case.
“The Governor of Belmarsh needs to obtain all the facts as to how the injuries were sustained and the way to do that is to remove the staff from the prison to preserve the position – once the facts are known he can make appropriate decisions – I expect it won’t be too long before some or all of them are back on duty.”