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A prison kitchen cleaner who had illicit trysts with an inmate inside a fridge has been jailed for smuggling drugs into the facility.
Annette Causey, 35, was working at HMP Hindley in February 2018 when she met Jamie Ellis, 31, who was serving a nine year sentence.
Bolton Crown Court heard the pair would sneak away into the kitchen's walk-in fridge and store cupboard to carry out their sexual relationship, Manchester Evening News reports.
Causey, a mum of two, had denied such behaviour before, from a similar reported incident in February 2017.
The police investigated Ellis' cell on March 29, 2018, which he shared with Mark Berry, 33, and found two mobile phones.
One had explicit text messages from 'Nette', which suggested that she was financially benefiting from drug smuggling, also mentioning Berry, and diaries containing phone numbers.
Caiusey was arrested at work on July 10, 2018, and admitted upon questioning to having two packages of cannabis resin, two packs of tobacco, and £510 in cash, with more cash in her bedroom drawer.
But police later raided her car and found three more packages of cannabis resin, two packs of tobacco, £900 in cash, and erotic cards and letters.
Causey claimed that she only smuggled the drugs as someone threatened to harm her daughter.
However, she also claimed that the drugs would be dropped off through an open window at her house while she was out. This was disproved via CCTV footage from the building.
She attempted to visit Ellis after her arrest in the two separate prisons he had been subsequently moved to. These visits requests were all denied, but they still corresponded through phone calls and letters of a sexually explicit nature.
All three – Causey, Ellis, and Berry- pleaded guilty at Bolton Crown Court to supplying Class B drugs. Ellis and Berry additionally pleaded guilty to possessing mobile phones in prison, and Berry to producing cannabis following a separate crime in May 2020.
Police later investigated his home and found 19 cannabis plants.
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Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh sentenced Causey to 30 months, Berry to 21 months, and Ellis to 16 months imprisonment.
He said: "The possession of and supply of drugs to and within custodial institutions has a destructive effect upon the proper maintenance of discipline and order within the institution.
"It creates an environment in which debts are created and their enforcement often gives rise to the use of violence and intimidation.
"The use of illicit mobile phones within prisons also undermines the maintenance of discipline and order within the institution. Illicit phones are often used in the furtherance of criminal activity and to intimidate others."
Causey's defence barrister, Paul Treble, said she had been feeling suicidal during the time of the offence, and suggested that due to her lack of convictions in the past, her case highlighted, "the frailty of humanity."
Meanwhile Charlie Landler, Berry's defence counsel, stated his client had an addiction to the drug and was involved in the scheme for personal use rather than to make a profit.
- Prison News
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