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Officer A Married Prison Warden Was Sentenced To life



A married prison warden was sentenced to life in prison after having sex in a cleaning cupboard with an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

After becoming Daniel Crompton’s assigned personal officer at Frankland Prison in Durham, Rachel Welburn began an 18-month relationship with him.

The 39-year-old from Abbey Green, Spennymoor, admitted to public office wrongdoing.


A judge at Durham Crown Court sentenced her to 12 months in prison.

Officer, A Married Prison Warden


The prosecutor, Robin Patton, claimed the attraction between Welburn and Crompton, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for murdering an 87-year-old man, was “instantaneous,” and that they began an affair despite the fact that she was married.

Shame and regret,’ says the speaker

Crompton was told by Welburn that she was leaving her husband and would visit him when he was released.

Crompton, though, notified an officer about the affair after the connection cooled, in what Mr Patton called as “an act of revenge or spite.”


Defending attorney Joanne Kidd said Welburn’s guilt and regret were immeasurable.

The public does not expect convicts, regardless of the offences they have committed, to be participating in sexual relationships while they should be serving their terms,” Judge Christopher Prince remarked at the sentencing.

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