A prison guard has been accused of having a four-month fling with an inmate who strangled his girlfriend and baby daughter to death.
Lauren McIntyre, 32, is alleged to have been involved in a sexual relationship with convicted double murderer Andrew Roberts.
The alleged offences took place while the mum-of-two was working at British prison, HMP Isle of Wight.
Ms McIntyre allegedly had a sexual relationship with Roberts, and failed to report to anyone that she knew he was in possession of a mobile phone.
She is also said to have provided Roberts with her phone number, communicated with him and sent him a snap of herself.
Ms McIntyre has also been accused of “sanctioning” the beating by Roberts of fellow officer Samuel Laidler.
The prison guard is alleged to have given Mr Laidler’s personal mobile number to Roberts – and didn’t warn the guard that he might be in danger of an “impending” attack.
Ms McIntyre is accused of wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducting herself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder.
‘DEPRAVED AND BRUTAL’
Heroin addict Roberts was convicted in 2003 of strangling his girlfriend Louise L’Homme and their eight-month-old daughter Tia to death at their home in Rhondda, South Wales.
Their bodies were found under an upturned bed at their terraced house after Roberts went on the run, the BBC reported at the time.
He was sentenced to two life terms at Swansea Crown Court by a judge who accused him of carrying out the “depraved and brutal destruction of your own family”.
Appearing in the dock at Isle of Wight Magistrates Court in a light green dress, Mr McIntyre spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.
She was granted unconditional bail until her next court hearing, which will take place at Newport Crown Court next month.
HMP Isle of Wight is the name for two prisons on the island that were merged in 2009, Albany and Parkhurst.
Albany Barracks, where the alleged fling took place, is a Category B men’s prison, with a population of around 1000.
Almost 98 per cent of prisoners are sex offenders.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission