Prison nurse guilty of having sex with convicted rapist at HMP Wakefield

Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows prison officers  Karen Cosford, 47,sentenced to a three year prison term,  one of five prison officers sentenced at Bradford Crown Court following Cosfords affair with convicted rapist Brian McBride at Wakefield maximum security jail, 'Also sentenced for misconduct in  public office covering up the affair are, Jacqueline Flynn, Carolyn Falloon, 50, and Kevin Wilson, 56, all healthcare officers at Wakefield Prison face a charge that they wilfully neglected their duty by failing to notify prison authorities that lifer Brian McBride was in possession of a mobile phone.

Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows prison officers Karen Cosford, 47,sentenced to a three year prison term, one of five prison officers sentenced at Bradford Crown Court following Cosfords affair with convicted rapist Brian McBride at Wakefield maximum security jail, 'Also sentenced for misconduct in public office covering up the affair are, Jacqueline Flynn, Carolyn Falloon, 50, and Kevin Wilson, 56, all healthcare officers at Wakefield Prison face a charge that they wilfully neglected their duty by failing to notify prison authorities that lifer Brian McBride was in possession of a mobile phone.

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A PRISON nurse who had consensual sex with a convicted rapist at HMP Wakefield has been jailed for three years.

Karen Cosford, 47, of Marston Walk, Altofts, was jailed today at Bradford Crown Court over her relationship with lifer Brian McBride at the prison.

She claimed she was raped by McBride but the prosecution maintained she was a willing participant.

She was also found to have failed to report to her bosses that McBride had a phone and to have topped up his phone credits.

Co-accused Carolyn Falloon, 50, of Manor Road, Walton, was jailed for 21 months after being found guilty of failing to disclose Cosford’s relationship with McBride at the high security prison on Love Lane.

Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of The Leys, South Kirby, was jailed for 15 months for failing to report Cosford’s sexual relationship with McBride and that he had a phone.

Kevin Wilson, 57, of St Michael’s Green, Normanton, also got 15 months after pleading guilty to three charges of misconduct before the trial began.

Passing sentence, Judge David Hatton QC said: “It is a sad business indeed when four people of mature years and previous good character, public servants who have devoted, as you have, several years to their vocations find themselves to be sentenced for having abused their position of trust.”

He added: “These acts and omissions both constitute a gross breach of security in a prison housing dangerous criminals

“The possession of phones places at risk not only security but the safety of staff and undermines authority.”