Prison officer and mum-of-three admits sexual relationship with baby killer

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A female prison officer was warned she faces jail after admitting having a sexual relationship with a convicted double murderer – who killed his girlfriend and their baby daughter.

Lauren McIntyre, who has twin 11-week-old babies and a five-year-old, pleaded guilty to four counts of misconduct in a public office including facilitating the beating of a fellow prison officer by her lover.

The 32-year-old claims she began the affair with prisoner Andrew Roberts in a bid to uncover intelligence but it then spiralled out of control.

McIntyre was warned by Judge Malcolm Gibney the custody threshold ‘has clearly been passed’.

Roberts, was convicted in 2003 of strangling Louise L’Homme and their eight-month-old daughter Tia to death at their home in Rhondda, South Wales.

He fled the scene and was arrested five days later.

He was 22 years old when he was sentenced to two life terms at Swansea Crown Court and has been serving his time at HMP Isle of Wight’s Albany Prison.

Appearing at Isle of Wight Crown Court today, McIntyre admitted four counts of wilfully neglecting to perform her duty and wilfully misconducting herself between November and December 2018 in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust.

McIntyre, of Ryde, Isle of Wight admitted having a sexual relationship with Roberts.

She also admitted failing to report to prison authorities he had a mobile phone, giving him her mobile number and communicating with him via mobile phone and sending him a photo of herself.

She also pleaded guilty to trying to allow him to transfer money into her bank account.

In addition she admitted giving Roberts the phone number of fellow prison officer Samuel Laidler, allowing him to assault officer Laidler and failing to warn officer Laidler or the prison authorities of the impending beating.

Briony Molyneux, defending McIntyre, said while she admitted a sexual relationship, it did not amount to sexual intercourse, but involved small incidents of touching.

She said McIntyre also claimed the relationship began as an exercise for her to uncover intelligence and led to something more – although the prosecution dispute this.

Judge Gibney told her: “These are serious matters and will be dealt with appropriately.”

McIntyre was given bail on condition she must reside at her home address.

She will be sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court in January.

HMP Isle of Wight, Albany Barracks, is a Category B men’s prison, with a population of around 1,000.