Rachel Welburn, a prison officer, was arrested for having sex with a killer in a cleaning cupboard.
A HIGH-security prison worker was sentenced to a year in prison for having sex in a cleaning cupboard with a convicted murderer
Rachel Louise Welburn, a married mother of two, had an 18-month sexual relationship with Daniel Crompton, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of an 87-year-old WWII veteran.
Welburn, from Spennymoor, had worked at HMP Frankland, near Durham, for 18 years and was a respected member of the prison staff when they met.
When the romance began, she was 36 years old and had recently returned from maternity leave after the birth of her second kid.
Crompton, a 27-year-old from Bolton, had been imprisoned for brutally beating Frank Worsley after breaking into his home in quest of narcotics money.
Mr Worsley died less than three weeks after the attack from a stroke.
Welburn, aged 39, had been appointed as Crompton’s designated personal officer throughout his time on A-wing at HMP Frankland.
At Durham Crown Court, prosecutor Robin Patton said the attraction between him and the police was “instantaneous.”
He said that the couple confessed their love for each other and that she gave him intimate images of herself as well as messages detailing her affection for him.
Last February, she persuaded Crompton to request a transfer to Full Sutton Prison to reduce the chances of their being discovered, and she even paid him a visit despite the risk of being recognised.
However, by the summer, the relationship had cooled, and Crompton confessed to an officer that he had been having an affair with a female guard in “an act of revenge or spite,” as Mr Patton put it.
When confronted, she said Crompton had threatened to harm her husband, a fellow jail officer, blackmailed her, and raped her, and she had no choice but to go along with it.
Police squandered time investigating the fraudulent claims, and she only revealed her guilt in court.
Welburn’s shame and regret, according to Joanne Kidd, were “beyond measure.”
She worked in a tough, high-pressure environment, was a hardworking and loving coworker, and returned to work after maternity leave despite persistent back pain.
“She cannot explain why she behaved in this manner,” Miss Kidd told the judge.
Although the court ruled he couldn’t defer the term, he did tell Welburn, of Abbey Green, that the 12-month sentence was less severe than it may have been due to her young children.
At Durham Crown Court, Judge Christopher Prince declared that incarceration was unavoidable after a single charge of misconduct in a public position was conceded.
He said it would be “hugely upsetting” for Crompton’s victim’s friends and family to learn of his sexual relationship while serving a life sentence.
“The public does not expect inmates, whatever of the crimes they have committed, to engage in sexual relationships when they should be completing their sentences,” the judge stated.