Rachel Welburn Wiki
Rachel Welburn, 39, started an 18-month relationship with killer Daniel Crompton after she became his designated personnel officer at HMP Frankland in County Durham.
The prison houses some of the worst criminals in the country including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield, and Soham murderer Ian Huntley.
Married prison officer Rachel Welburn who had sex with murderer in cleaning cupboard jailed https://t.co/h2Gd7y0D4C
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Daniel Crompton (pictured), 29, murdered 87-year-old Frank Worsley for money to continue a cocaine binge in 2013
Rachel Welburn (right), 39, had sex in a cleaning cupboard with killer Daniel Crompton while she was his designated personnel officer, despite being married to fellow prison officer David (left)
Judge Christopher Prince, sentenced for a single charge of misconduct in a public office at the Durham Crown Court, said jail was inevitable, despite his strong record as a prison officer for 18 years, and the fact that she is the mother of two young children. He said it would be “very annoying” for the friends and family of Crompton’s victim to hear that he had a sexual relationship while serving a life sentence.
The judge said: ‘The public does not expect prisoners, irrespective of the offenses they have committed, to be engaging in sexual relationships when they should be serving their sentences.’
Robin Patton, prosecuting, said Crompton was jailed for life in 2014 for the ‘cruel murder’ of Frank Worsley, a Second World War veteran, in his own home.
Who is Frank Worsley?
Mr. Worsley served with the Royal Navy on five warships in the Far East during World War Two.
He broke into the home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Mr. Worsley had lived in since 1949 through an upstairs window looking for cash to continue his Friday night cocaine binge.
Frank Worsley Died
Mr. Worsley died at Royal Bolton Hospital on August 20th, 2013, nearly three weeks after he was repeatedly punched by Crompton.
He confronted Sunday school teacher Mr. Worsley, who had been sleeping, and punched him several times in the face after he refused to give in to his demands for cash.
After the attack, he was able to tell officers before he died
‘This incident really frightened me. I thought the male was never going to stop hitting me. No person has a right to enter my home and take my belongings and hit me.’
The attraction between Crompton and Welburn in prison was “instantaneous,” Patton said, and although she was married and had recently returned to work after maternity leave. Both professed their love for each other and had an intimate relationship, including sex in a wing cleaning closet, according to the court. He repeatedly told Crompton that he would leave her husband, also a prison officer and that she would see him when he was released, according to the court.
Crompton was jailed for life in 2014 for the ‘cruel murder’ of Frank Worsley (pictured), a Second World War veteran, in his own home
Welburn got Crompton to ask for a transfer to Full Sutton Prison, to reduce the risk of them being caught, and even visited him there, despite the possibility of being recognized.
She arranged for him to be allowed to call her phones from prison, assuming a false name, and frequently wrote to him.
But by the summer of 2018, the relationship cooled and Crompton told an officer he had been having an affair with a female guard in what Mr. Patton described as ‘an act of revenge or spite’.
Joanne Kidd, defending, said Welburn’s shame and regret were beyond measure.
I had a stressful and high-pressure job, was a diligent and affectionate colleague and returned to work after maternity leave while suffering from chronic back pain, according to the court. Miss Kidd told the judge: ‘Mrs. Welburn … talks about seeing herself as through a glass. I can’t explain why he behaved this way. The judge said he could not suspend the sentence, but he told Welburn, of Abbey Green, Spennymoor, that the 12-month prison was shorter than it could have been because of his young children.
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