Female prison officer accused of having relationship with inmate appears in court

A female prison officer accused of having a relationship with a serving inmate has appeared in court.

Thursday, 8th November 2018, 11:22 am
Updated Thursday, 8th November 2018, 11:29 am
Prison Officer Stacey Sutherland, 27, arrives at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, County Durham, charged with misconduct in a public office at Deerbolt Young Offenders Institute, for allegedly having an affair with an inmate. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Stacey Sutherland, 27, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with wilfully neglecting to perform her duty at HMP Deerbolt young offenders' institution in County Durham.

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The defendant, of Marshall Street in Barnard Castle, County Durham, is said to have abused the public's trust by entering into a relationship with the prisoner between April 1 and May 14.

Sutherland spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth during the five-minute hearing.

She was granted unconditional bail by District Judge Tim Capstick to appear at Teesside Crown Court on December 6.