Prison officer jailed after having sex with inmate

26 April 2019, 18:06 | Updated: 26 April 2019, 19:14

Phot of HMP Berwyn

A prison officer has been jailed for 12 months after she had sex with an inmate who was serving an eight-year term for killing a charity worker in a hit-and-run crash.

Emily Watson, 26, from Linthwaite, Huddersfield, engaged in a sexual relationship with John McGee while she was employed at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales.

She was jailed at Mold Crown Court on Friday after she pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office.

McGee was also imprisoned for 12 months after he admitted possession of a phone and a charger in prison in connection with the investigation by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU).

The sentence will run consecutively to the eight years he received in 2016 over the death of Richard Bratin, 51, as he walked his dog in Walton, Liverpool.

Following sentencing, Detective Inspector Dawn Hampson, from NWROCU, said: "Working alongside Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), we are absolutely committed to identifying and bringing to justice those who we suspect are involved in corruption within the prison service, including inappropriate relationships, bringing items into prisons and other misconduct matters.

"We know the vast majority of prison officers are dedicated professionals who carry out their duties with integrity. But today's sentence is another positive step in tackling prison corruption in the North West and we will continue our efforts to bring offenders to justice."

Watson was sacked from her job after the incident came to light.