Sunday, November 15, 2009

British guard has inmate's baby, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

A British prison guard was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison - 1 year for misconduct in public office, and 1 1/2 years for cell phone smuggling - for a sexual relationship she had with a 21 year old "dangerous" offender. Kelly-Anne McDade, 31, got pregnant with Nelson Delgado's baby while she worked at and he was an inmate at Aylesbury young offenders institution in Buckinghamshire. McDade worked at the institution for 3 years before starting the relationship with Delgado. McDade gave birth in February this year.

Nigel Ogborne, the prosecutor, said that McDade tried to explain away the pregnancy by saying that it was the result of a fling. "She was asked by the prison authorities about the pregnancy and she indicated that it was as a result of a relationship on a foreign holiday." After the prison governor found out it was Delgado's baby, he said it "could have caused a massive breach of security."

Richard Germain, defending McDade, told the court: "There is no doubt it was an inappropriate relationship, but Ms McDade would say, 'You can't help who you fall in love with'.

She fell in love with this serving prisoner, who was nearly 10 years her junior."

He said the case was "unique". "At some point in the future, she and Mr Delgado hope to set up home together and bring up the child together."

McDade resigned after she was caught on closed circuit TV unlocking Delgado's door after lights out. After Delgado was moved to Swinfen Hall young offenders institution earlier this year, McDade tried to smuggle three cell phones inside a stereo. She was caught, and a subsequent search of her home turned up a "love" letter and some weed.
The presiding judge was Christopher Tyrer at Aylesbury Crown Court.

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