WOOW!! Prison Officer Jailed For Housing Fugitive Inmate Lover
Naa Ayorkor Laryea
Jun. 27, 2020
A 30 – Year -old Prison officer has been jailed for housing an Inmate lover after he escaped from prison.
The convict Chloe Jones is said to have struck up an inappropriate relationship with Philip King (an in mate) after starting work at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool.
The pair became lovers after Jones came into daily contact with King, who had been jailed in June 2016 for theft and burglary.
Though he was transferred to HMP Sudbury near Derby, they swapped over 3,000 texts on an illicit mobile phone over 46 days.
Reports say after King escaped from jail on September 1, 2017, Jones harboured the convict and allowed him to stay at her parents' home and use her car.
Jones and King remained in a relationship for about three months, during which time she never stated his whereabouts to her employers.
They were apprehended after they were involved in a police pursuit through Kirkby and Liverpool in November 2017.
Jones initially gave officers a fake name for King, calling him Paul Jones and claiming that they had met on online dating app Tinder.
She later admitted that she had known King for a few months and was in a relationship with him.
King was apprehended in November 2017 and later pleaded guilty to escaping from custody, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.
He was sentenced on December 15, 2017 and is now serving a 36-month prison sentence consecutive to his previous sentence.
King has also been charged with a burglary alleged to have taken place on November 1, 2017, on Bailey Way, which he denies.
Jones was re-arrested in October 2018 and later charged.
Nicola Daley, mitigating, said Jones was remorseful for her actions and had only been a prison officer for about six months when she was 'blinded by love'.
Jones was sentenced to 15 months in prison by Judge Neil Flewitt, QC.
Judge Flewitt also acknowledged the time delay of two years, accepting one year was the result of a complex investigation, but said he found it 'difficult to fathom' why it didn't make it any further.
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