Mum-of-three prison officer, 32, who ‘had affair with child killer’ faces jail

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A mum-of-three prison guard faces jail after she allegedly entered into a sexual relationship with a convicted child killer.

Lauren McIntyre, 32, claimed she struck up the romantic bond with double killer Andrew Roberts in a bid to uncover intelligence.

But she said the relationship spiralled out of control – allowing Roberts to use her to orchestrate the beating of a fellow guard.

Roberts is serving life at HMP Isle of White after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend and baby daughter.

McIntyre, a mum to 11-week-old twins and a five-year-old, pleaded guilty to four counts of misconduct in a prison office.

Prosecutors disputed her story about how the relationship began, with the court previously hearing the romance lasted four months.

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During that time, she admitted she gave Roberts the phone number of fellow prison officer Samuel Laidler, allowing him to organise a vicious assault.

Roberts was convicted in 2003 of strangling Louise L’Homme and their eight-month-old baby girl at their home in Rhondda, South Wales.

The twisted killer stashed their bodies under a bed before spraying perfume to disguise their rotting smell.

He then fled before being snared by detectives five days later.

Roberts was 22 when he was sentenced to two life terms at Swansea Crown Court and has served his time at the category B prison on the Isle of White.

McIntyre was told by Judge Malcolm Gibney during an appearance at Isle of White Crown Court that the threshold for custody had been passed.

The prison guard admitted failing to report to prison authorities that Roberts had a mobile phone.

She also said she gave him her number and communicating with him, and sending him a photo of herself.

McIntyre pleaded guilty to trying to allow him to transfer money into her bank account.

The mum-of-three also admitted to giving Roberts the phone number of fellow prison officer Samuel Laidler, allowing him to assault Officer Laidler and failing to warn her colleague or the prison authorities of the attack.

Defending McIntyre, Briony Molyneux said the relationship started as an intelligence-gathering operation – but prosecutors dispute this.

She will be sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court in January for four counts of wilfully neglecting to perform her duty and wilfully misconducting herself between November and December 2018 in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public's trust.

McIntyre was bailed on the condition that she stay at her home address.

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