A FEMALE prison officer has been suspended over an alleged affair with a brutal murderer.
The unnamed officer at HMP Wakefield is believed to have had a relationship with lifer Leigh Thornhill.
Thornhill killed a woman with a plank of wood and attacked another woman on the same night eight years ago.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “A member of staff from HMP Wakeﬁeld has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.”
It is claimed another inmate blew the whistle on the alleged affair and that both he and Thornhill have been moved to another prison.
Former soldier Thornhill, 27, was jailed for life in 2004 for murdering a 38-year-old mum-of-two in South London. Her body was found in a pool of blood near Thornhill’s home in West Croydon on August 16, 2003,
She had suffered 68 separate injuries to her head, body and limbs.
It emerged Thornhill had attacked another woman just two hours earlier by punching her head, forcing her to the ground and squeezing her neck while threatening to kill her.
She passed out. When she came around he was standing over her. She screamed and he ran away.
Thornhill, who had been discharged from the Army because he was thought ‘unsuitable for the military’, told the police it had been ‘all a blur’.
As well as his life sentence for murder, Thornhill was given eight years concurrent for grievous bodily harm
Judge Mr Justice Astill, passing sentence, said that the attacks were “disturbingly unexplained” but there was a clear sexual element.
He added: “It is your dangerous and perverted mind that lies behind these attacks.”