A prison officer who had an affair with a convicted double murderer has been jailed.
Lauren McIntyre, 32-year-old, engaged in a sexual relationship with a man serving life for the brutal killings of his former girlfriend and their baby daughter.
Her fling with Andrew Roberts, who was jailed in 2003, took place in 2018 when he was serving time in prison on the Isle of Wight.
Roberts was convicted of strangling his girlfriend Louise L’Homme and their eight-month-old daughter Tia to death at their home in Rhondda, South Wales.
The drug addict then 22 was sentenced to two life terms at Swansea Crown Court, where the judge accused him of carrying out the “depraved and brutal destruction of your own family”.
McIntyre also provided Roberts with the personal mobile number of another prison officer knowing he intended to assault her colleague.
She failed to raise the alarm about the assault and the officer received significant head injuries in the attack. Mother-of-three McIntyre, of St John’s Wood Road in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to four charges of misconduct in a public office.
She appeared at Isle of Wight Crown Court on Thursday and was sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Roger Hetherington told her:
“The effect of this sort of misconduct obviously is to undermine the safety and integrity of the prison service. ‘It has a corrosive effect on everyone within the prison system and reduces the service in the estimation of the public whose support is so much needed if the public is to have confidence in the criminal justice system. ‘You had no regard for that, only for your own selfish interests.”