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SEX TEXTS: Bovingdon prison officer jailed for 16 months after forming relationships with prisoners

 Published on: 16th December 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A female prison officer at The Mount jail in Bovingdon had sexual communications with three inmates on smuggled mobile phones.

Sarah Milburn, now 33, formed inappropriate relationships with convicts Dean Fleming, Jawan Sakhil and Jay Bell, St Albans Crown Court heard today (Thursday, December 16).

On one occasion she warned Sakhil, 26, of a planned cell search.

At an earlier hearing, Milburn was jailed for 16 months having pleaded guilty to three charges of misconduct in a public office.

Prosecutor James Keeley said Milburn was temporarily serving as an officer at the prison from July 23, 2017.

He said 924 messages from 2017 stored on her phone were between her and 33-year-old Fleming, who was serving a sentence for possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He had a phone over a three-month period.

“Many of the messages suggest sexual contact. In addition, there is a photograph of what one assumes is Fleming’s erect penis.

“In the chat Milburn says she is missing him, refers to introducing him to her family, states she is ‘absolutely smitten’ and chose his wing with him in mind,” said Mr Keeley.

There were references to the two holding hands and kissing each other and she sent him a photograph of herself in a bikini.

Sakhil, who was serving a 22-year sentence for attempted murder, was transferred to The Mount in May 2018 from Chelmsford.

Milburn was communicating with him between July 29 and August 14. He had a phone for seven months.

Mr Keeley said: “Most seriously, she messages Sakhil on August 14 at 7.13pm warning him of ‘security spins’ searches in the morning. She advises him not to tell everyone because they will wonder how people knew.

“Later that day, there are messages about being sexually intimate and touching each other when they meet in prison.”

The prosecutor said Bell, now 29, arrived at The Mount on May 22, 2017, after being sentenced for possessing Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.

The majority of the calls and contacts were between February 21 and March 12, 2018.

Sakhil, who is still in prison, Fleming of Abbots Avenue West, St Albans, and Bell of St Stephens Road, Barnet, all appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty to possessing a mobile phone in prison.

Tessa Shroff, for Sakhil who did not attend the hearing, said: “The prison officer was the individual who acted in breach of trust. She was seven years older than Mr Sakhil. He was only 23 at the time.

“If the investigation had not involved a prison officer it may have been dealt with internally at the prison.”

She asked the judge to make the sentence run alongside the 22-year term he is serving.

For Bell, Leila Gaafar asked for a suspended sentence. She said he had pleaded guilty and had been released from prison in August this year.

Fleming, who represented himself, said he was released in November 2019 and had not been in trouble since.

Judge Sandeep Kainth said: “The purpose of the legislation that you must not have mobile phones or SIM cards in prison is for a very good reason.

“You are serving a sentence meaning you are deprived of various privileges.”

But he said the three defendants were nowhere near as culpable as Sarah Milburn.

He sentenced Sakhil to six months to run alongside the 22-year sentence.

Bell received a six-month sentence suspended for a year and Fleming 32 weeks suspended for a year.

The judge warned them: “Don’t be stupid, keep out of trouble.”

 

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