Love letters to prisoner

Karen Cosford
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A PRISON nurse told police a convicted rapist tried to have sex with her in his cell and then told her he had filmed it on a hidden camera in a bid to blackmail her.

Karen Cosford, 47, also alleged that lifer Brian McBride raped her in a tea room at Wakefield Prison and also attempted to rape her again in her cell.

Prison nurse Karen Cosford, 47, is accused of having a sexual relationship with Brian McBride at the maximum security Love Lane jail.

Cosford, Carolyn Falloon, Jacqueline Flynn and David Sunderland, who all worked in the healthcare unit, are accused of misconduct in a public office.

Yesterday Leeds Crown Court heard transcripts of a police interview in which Cosford said McBride had blackmailed her into pretending to be in a relationship with him.

She told officers that he had threatened her and had people on the outside that could harm her and her family including her son who was six-years-old at the time.

In interview Cosford said: “I had no choice in the matter. The man was in essence blackmailing me. I felt like my life was at risk, my son’s life was at risk.

“He convinced me that these people would have access to shotguns. My life was at risk.”

Cosford told police McBride had rung her at home and on her mobile, knew her car registration number and even convinced her she and her family were being watched by people he know on the outside.”

She said he forced her to send text messages to him as if they were in a relationship.

On Monday the trial heard that photographs of Cosford and a love letter had been found hidden in a bag of sugar in the health care centre kitchen.

Cosford told police she was raped by McBride and he forced her to write the letter.

But the prosecution claim the relationship was consensual in “gross breach of the trust placed in her”.

In the letter Cosford described McBride as her “knight in shining armour” and said: “I never want to jeopardise you getting out, it would break my heart”.

Reading the letter to the jury, prosecutor Richard Wright said: “My heart sank when you didn’t reply to my text messages. I really thought it was the end. I felt happy and elated when I first saw you when I got back to work, such a wonderful and warm feeling inside when I knew you were okay.”

The jury were also told that after a number of searches a crude weapon made of two razor blades and a mobile phone charger wrapped in medical tape were found in McBride’s cell.

On Tuesday, former Wakefield Prison governor David Thompson told the jury there were probably hundreds of sim cards circulating within the prison.

Earlier the trial heard week the prosecution alleged that corruption at the maximum security jail may extend all the way up to a governor of that part of the jail Mark Brookes.

Mr Wright said the jury may be invited to say the whole place had been turned on its head and “everybody was at it”.

Cosford, of Marston Walk, Altofts, denies three charges of misconduct in a public office.

The court earlier heard that McBride was an accomplished liar and fantasist who portrayed himself as being significantly wealthy outside of prison.

He had regular access to the defendants in his prison approved job as a cleaner at the healthcare unit.

The jury were told the defendants had a position of special trust and responsibility who had been trained to maintain appropriate professional standards.

Carolyn Falloon, 50, of Manor Crescent, Walton, denies three counts of misconduct, Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of The Leys, South Kirkby, denies two misconduct counts, and David Sunderland, 49, of Millcroft Lofthouse, denies one misconduct charge.

The trial continues.