46-year-old Alison Sharples, a grandmother, was “besotted” with inmate Marvin Berkeley, 31, and allegedly told cops he said: “I’d love to have a baby with you.”
Investigators discovered a love letter from the con at her home.
She was caught with a syringe containing traces of his semen passed under his cell door, jurors were told.
The syringe full of semen was found in a routine search of her bag as she checked in for a night shift at the jat Garth jail, Lancashire, UK, two years ago.
Sharples told officers the syringe was used to administer Calpol (medicine) to her baby granddaughter when it was found in her handbag. Tests however, revealed the residue matched the DNA of convicted gang-banger Marvin Berkeley, an inmate at the Garth prison.
The embattled corrections officer has denied misconduct in a public office by having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate while she worked as an operational support officer at the jail.
Her former friend, Nicola Ball, told police Sharples had gathered the semen from a sample pushed under a cell door in a plastic bag.
Prosecutor Camille Morland told the court: ‘On October 22, 2014 the defendant arrived for work and was searched by security. During the search was found a purple syringe applicator.
‘Inside of that was a clearish residue, a very small amount and the defendant was asked at that point what it was. She said it was for giving a baby Calpol.’
The defendant claimed she was unaware of the semen when she was questioned under caution on two occasions.
But in her defense statement, she claimed she was given the syringe in the ‘course of her legitimate duties’ by the inmate who said he wanted to ‘have a baby with her’.
Adding that she did not think it was appropriate to discard it in prison and put it in her bag, forgetting to discard it.
A love letter from the Berkerly, a serious offense for a corrections officer, was later discovered in Sharples’ underwear drawer when police searched her home.
In the letter, the con told her to ‘be strong’ and praised her for being a ‘genuine person’.
‘I can’t talk to you properly on them walkways but whoever has reported you for talking to me has took the p*** and totally out of order,’ it said.
‘I know it’s not no other con so beware of the people you’re working with. Look close to home Alison.
‘You didn’t even have to tell me you got reported for talking to me that shown me more, how much of a genuine person you are so thankz a lot for being you I appreciate it so much.’
Analysis of the handwriting matched it to Berkeley’s.
Former friend Nicola Ball, scheduled to testify for the prosecution witness, told investigators Sharples was having an inappropriate relationship with the prisoner and once told her she had taken a phone into jail for her lover.
Prosecutor Morland told the court the relationship between the guard and the inmate was “sexually intimate, if not necessarily physically so”.
Sharples of Chorley, Lancashire, UK denies misconduct in a public office.
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