A former Royal Navy sailor has been jailed for eight months after starting an 'intense' illicit love affair while working as a prison officer.
Kiah Andrusjak, who spent five years in the Royal Navy before joining the Prison Service, supervised inmates on cleaning duty at the Manchester high-security prison Strangeways.
The 25-year-old fell for lifer Shane Boyd, 24, from Middleton, who knifed victim Conor Black to death outside a house party when the pair were just 16.
Andrusjak, from Wigan, felt out of her depth in her job and began to develop feelings for Boyd after he stuck up for her in front of other 'disrespectful' inmates, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Prosecutor Maria Brannan told Manchester Crown Court:
"She met him while he was a cleaner and she was a cleaning officer. He smiled at her and she smiled back.
"He discovered her name, asked her for her number and she realised he had an unauthorised phone. Asked why she hadn't reported it, she said she just wanted to keep the relationship going. She stated they called and texted each other hundreds of times."
Andrusjak was caught after attempting to bring Boyd a pack of cigarettes and a number of photographs, including some of her in her underwear and a collage in which pictures of the pair had been superimposed.
Staff, who had been tipped off about the relationship, found a Terry's Chocolate Orange in his cell, alongside eight photographs.
She confessed that Boyd was her boyfriend, claiming she had known him previously and saying he was looking for a transfer to another prison 'because they both knew the relationship was wrong'. Miss Brannan said:
"The text messages suggest an intense romantic relationship between the defendant and Mr Boyd."
She added that Andrusjak had been given anti-corruption training, instructions on boundaries and guidance on how prisoners might try to exploit staff's vulnerabilities.
Andrusjak admitted two charges of misconduct in public office, firstly by having a six-month 'inappropriate relationship' with Boyd and secondly by communicating with him by phone and text.
Boyd had even arranged for his sister to give her Christmas presents from him at a secret meeting in Nando's, handing over £150 in a card on one occasion. Alex Leach, defending, said:
"She felt vulnerable and isolated in her role, incapable of being taken seriously by prisoners and felt threatened on occasion."
"It was on one of those occasions he took her part against other prisoners who were disrespectful. In the context of that vulnerability she began to develop an affection for him.
"She was wholly unsuited to her role - a crisis of this nature was almost inevitable. Her aspirations have ended effectively in public humiliation. The impact of a custodial sentence for her will be crushing."
Sentencing, Judge David Stockdale QC told Andrusjak: "Public confidence is undermined whenever a prisoner betrays trust in this way - these offences of yours do involve a serious breach of trust."
"You entered the relationship with Boyd and maintained that knowing it was illicit entirely of your own free will.
"You could have terminated it at any time had you wished to do so. You were 23, still a young age on any view.
"You had served for five years in the Royal Navy and you were a young woman who for your age, had considerable experience in public service."
Shane Boyd stunned Conor Black by smashing him on the head with a beer can, before stabbing him in the back, after an argument over an Xbox. He then told onlookers he was 'The Man' as his victim lay dying.
He was ordered to serve at least 11 years behind bars before being considered for parole.
He's been in trouble on a number of occasions since being jailed for life in 2009, after multiple incidents of fighting and assault, as well as being caught posting pictures of himself on Facebook.
Conor Black's aunt, Lynne Black, told the Manchester Evening News at the time:
"The pain will never go away, and yet we're expected to cope with pictures of him smiling and mucking around like he's in Butlins. He’s basically laughing at his sentence and laughing at us."
Weeks before the affair with Andrusjak began, Boyd had launched a bid for early release, claiming he had made 'exceptional progress' inside.
The plea was rejected by a High Court judge.
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