Prison officer charged with ‘neglect of duty’

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A PRISON officer from South Kirkby has appeared in court amid allegations that mobile phones were being smuggled to a lifer in high-security HMP Wakefield.

Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of The Leys, appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday alongside four fellow prison healthcare workers to face a charge of wilfully neglecting to perform their duty over inmate Brian McBride.

Prosecutor Diane Gommersall told the packed court they were “all serving officers in the prison at Wakefield where mobile phones have been smuggled into the prison to a long-term prisoner.”

Also in court were Karen Cosford, 47, of Marston Walk, Altofts, Carolyn Falloon, 50, of Manor Crescent, Walton, David Sunderland, 48, of Millcroft, Lofthouse and Kevin Wilson, 56, of St Michael’s Green, Normanton.

They all face the same charge.

It is alleged that between January 2008 and September 2009, while acting as a public officer, namely a prison healthcare officer, they wilfully neglected their duty by failing to notify the prison authorities that prisoner Brian McBride had possession of a mobile phone.

No pleas were entered as the case can only be heard at a Crown Court.

District Judge Marie Mallon sent the case for trial at Leeds Crown Court where the five face a preliminary hearing later this month.

Judge Mallon granted all five, who had been summonsed to court, unconditional bail.