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13 March 2012, 11:23
Five prison officers accused of being part of a plot to smuggle mobile phones into a Wakefield maximum security prison will go on trial this year.
It is alleged that the officers failed to tell prison authorities that inmate Brian McBride had a mobile phone.
The offences allegedly took place between June 1 2008 and September 30 2009.
Leeds Crown Court heard today that the accused will next appear in court for a plea and case management hearing on May 25. A provisional trial date has been set for September 3. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
The accused are all from West Yorkshire. They are: 47 year old Karen Cosford, of Altofts, Normanton; 50 year old Carolyn Falloon, of Walton, Wakefield; Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of South Kirby, Pontefract; David Sunderland, 49, of Lofthouse, Wakefield; and 56 year old Kevin Wilson, of Normanton.
They are all charged with wilfully neglecting to perform their duty and wilfully misconducting themselves in public office.
All five were remanded on bail.