A prison officer who had a secret affair with a convicted murderer has been jailed for eight months.
Kiah Andrusjak smuggled intimate photos of her in her underwear to killer Shane Boyd, as well as tobacco and a Terry’s chocolate orange.
Manchester Crown Court heard the former Royal Navy sailor began to develop feelings for Boyd, 24, when he stood up for her in front of other prisoners.
They then exchanged hundreds of messages – with Andrusjak, 23, knowing Boyd was using an unauthories phone – before being caught.
Boyd, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was jailed for life with a minimum of 11 years after he fatally stabbed 16-year-old Conor Black at a house party.
Andrusjak, of Hindley Green, Wigan, admitted misconduct in a public office and was jailed for eight months.
She is expected to serve her term in Styal Women’s prison, ten miles from her lover’s cell.
The court heard the pair met in March 2016 when he smiled at her in the prison canteen and she smiled back.
Maria Brennan, prosecuting, said: ‘Six months later in December 2016 the prison received three separate allegations that he was involved in a romantic relationship with a member of staff. One of these allegations named the defendant.
‘She would bring in items such as chocolate and tobacco. A meeting was arranged with senior prison staff and the defendant for her to be challenged.
‘The defendant was searched and on her a packet of cigarettes were found and an envelope containing nine photos, six featuring the defendant in her underwear and photos of her stuck next to a picture of him.
‘Her iPhone was seized and items were recovered such as Terry’s chocolate orange and a further eight photos. These text messages suggest an intense romantic relationship between the defendant and Mr Boyd.’
Alex Leach, defending, said Andrusjak was struggling to cope with her new role, adding: ‘The defendant felt incapable of being taken seriously by the prisoners.
‘She felt threatened and on one occasion Mr Boyd stood up for her in front of other prisoners and that is when she began to develop feelings for him.
‘She didn’t take drugs or SIM cards but chocolate and photographs and did not undermine the security of the institution she was working in.’
Passing sentence, judge David Stockdale QC told Andrusjak: ‘You were of a young age but had served for five years in the Royal Navy and has considerable experience within public services.
‘Your betrayal of the trust placed in you as a serving prison officer can only be punished with an immediate custodial sentence.’