TICKER: Prison officers ‘stood guard while prison nurse had sex with a dangerous rapist serving life in a high security jail’

A prison nurse romped with a convicted rapist while colleagues stood guard and sent him text messages on his contraband mobile phone telling him ‘you’re generous, sensitive and dead sexy’, a court heard.

A jury was told Karen Cosford, 47, had a sexual relationship with lifer Brian McBride and topped up his mobile phone for him.

The court heard Cosford sent the serial rapist a catalogue of texts including telling him ‘you are my world’, ‘miss you so much’ and ‘can’t wait for you to get out’.

Carolyn Falloon, 50, Jacqueline Flynn, 46, and David Sunderland, 49, who all worked on the healthcare wing at high-security Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, are also standing trial at Leeds Crown Court charged with one or both of the following offences – failing to notify prison authorities about the sexual relationship between Cosford and McBride, and failing to tell them McBride had a mobile phone.

Prosecutors say that, despite the defendants denying the charges, Flynn admitted during police interviews that she stood guard outside McBride’s cell while the pair were inside – and heard the ‘jangling’ of Cosford’s keys – while Falloon told police she had disturbed them having sex.

The jury heard that Cosford, who has 15 years experience in her occupation, was described as being ‘touchy-feely’ with McBride, resting her head on his chest, laughing and even kissing him in the prison – a notorious facility situated on Love Lane.

The court heard that McBride, a who was serving a life sentence for multiple offences of rape and violence, was in the healthcare centre as an in-patient and worked as a cleaner while he was there.

Richard Wright, prosecuting, told the court it was here that the defendants started entering into ‘corrupt relationships’ with McBride.

Mr Wright said: ‘In the case of Karen Cosford, she had a sexual relationship with him.

‘All the defendants knew that he was in possession of a mobile phone and SIM card, which were prohibited items that not even staff could take into prison.

‘Falloon and Cosford purchased top ups for him in a blatant breach of the Prison Service.

‘Cosford, Flynn and Falloon engaged in regular texting and telephone conversations with McBride when they were not at work.

‘David Sunderland supplied McBride with a cribsheet setting out how he could access handsets and his home telephone number was found in McBride hand sets.’

The court heard that events unfolded when a search of McBride on September 25, 2009 found a mobile phone charger.

Mr Wright said McBride was put in his cell and a thorough search of the wing carried out. In the kitchen a bag of sugar was found, in which there were mobile phone top-up documents, pieces of paper with mobile phone numbers on, a photograph of a nurse who was identified as Cosford, and an unsigned love letter.

Four mobile phones were also found during the search.

The jury heard that, during the search, McBride became agitated in his cell so a number of negotiators working in the Prison Service were called – and by chance one was Darrie Cosford, Karen Cosford’s husband.

UK Daily Mail

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