Female prison officer, 26, ‘smuggled her knickers and naked photos into jail for her inmate lover‘ 

Female prison officer, 26, ‘got a male colleague to smuggle her knickers and naked photos of herself into jail for her inmate lover‘

A female prison officer entered a physical sexual relationship with an armed robber jailed for 17 years and asked a friend to smuggle him in pictures of her breasts and genitals, a court heard today. 

Barbara Dyer, 26, is also accused of sending her knickers to Saul Powell‘s cell in Winchester Prison.

Miss Dyer was also sending her lover letters and receiving phone calls from him under two fake names – but denies breaking the law because she claims their sexual relationship only started after she left his wing.

Prosecutors also say Dyer even got her colleague Matthew Pritchard to ‘smuggle‘ naked photos into HMP Winchester, Hampshire, between March and April last year and he is also on trial. 

Dyer described Pritchard as ‘the can opener that is helping me get to the beans‘, the court heard today.

Powell, from Ramsgate, was sent there for 17 years with friend Mitch Jarvis last February after they started robbing women working as escorts in Dorset at gunpoint.

They conspired with sex worker Barbara Edwards and stole cash, phones, laptops and jewellery from women by pretending to be customers.

A month after Powell arrived at Winchester it is alleged that Dyer started an inappropriate ‘sexual‘ relationship with him, while Pritchard, 33, facilitated it.

Prosecutors also say Dyer even got her colleague Matthew Pritchard to ‘smuggle‘ naked photos into HMP Winchester, Hampshire, between March and April last year and he is also on trial

The jury today heard details of a string of sexually-charged letters Dyer sent to jailed armed robber Powell, describing a host of sex acts she wanted to perform on him.

In one handwritten letter, she told him she wanted to ‘grab his c***‘.

While in another letter, which included intimate‘ photos of her, Dyer told him she was ‘proper horny‘ while thinking of Powell in prison.

In the letters to Powell, which were confiscated after her arrest, Dyer described fellow prison officer Pritchard, 33, who smuggled them in, as the ‘can opener helping me get to the beans‘.

In her first letter to Powell, Dyer told him: ‘Right now it is 71,569 hours until you are eligible for parole.

‘To me you are more than your prison number, you are a human. You deserve to have dreams and aspirations.

‘When you come out I will support you. We can go to a hotel.

‘I will be taking your clothes off you in the elevator.‘

In another saucy letter, Dyer said: ‘You have probably already seen I have included some pictures for you.

‘I was proper horny this morning but I struggled because I was thinking of your face through the viewing panel of your cell.‘

Dyer also explained to Powell in the letters that her colleague Pritchard was helping her get the letters to him.

In one, she said: ‘You can trust the person I got to pop this letter under your door.‘

In another letter she went on to say: ‘There is nothing between me and that Pritchard, he was hauling daggers out my back while others tried to get me.‘

And Dyer went on in a third letter to tell her jailed lover: ‘I spoke to Matt this morning. He said if I had seen your face when he mentioned me to you, then I would have nothing to worry about. Remember, he is just the can opener that is helping me get to the beans.‘ 

A court heard she and Pritchard had been working as prison officers at HMP Winchester when she started the alleged relationship between February 1 and April 2 last year.

Dyer described Pritchard (pictured today) as ‘the can opener that is helping me get to the beans‘

Winchester Crown Court today heard Dyer had become close to Powell, who was serving 17 years behind bars but then then handed in her notice on March 6.

Prosecutor Jane Rowley said Dyer was moved off the prison wing that Powell was kept in, but had been sending letters to him under the name ‘A. Cartwright‘.

Ms Rowley told the court Dyer was also receiving calls from the prisoner, with her name provided to the prison as ‘Holly Lapelly‘.

When prison officers became suspicious about the letters and telephone calls, governor Mark Creaven listened to recordings and identified Dyer, who was using fake names.

The prosecutor told the court: ‘During the course of 2017, the defendants, Matthew Pritchard and Barbara Dyer, were both serving prison officers at Winchester prison.

‘Of course, there are procedures that have to be strictly adhered to. Prisoners are permitted fundamental rights such as with family and friends.

‘Any prison officer is acutely aware of the strict regime to keep them safe, the prisoners safe and the integrity of the system safe.

‘Both the defendants are charged with the same offence of misconduct in a judicial or public office.

‘It seems that during her time on one wing [at HMP Winchester], Miss Dyer befriended a prisoner – Saul Powell.

‘It is clear during that time they developed a close personal relationship and the prosecution say she is guilty of misconduct that amounted to an abuse of your trust in her and her role.

‘There is nothing wrong with prisoners having relationships with people outside, but you can imagine it is a gross breach of trust for prison officers to do so with prisoners.

‘As a result of befriending Powell, this led to a romantic relationship, which was sexual and intimate.

‘By the time she handed in her notice, Miss Dyer was no longer working on Powell‘s wing but still ing him by letter and telephone calls.

‘She also sent him intimate photographs of her vagina and breasts and a pair of her knickers.‘

Ms Rowley continued: ‘Mr Pritchard is alleged to have aided Miss Dyer in continuing her relationship with the prisoner.

‘He not only agreed to, but did smuggle letters into prison. Prisoners are allowed to have letters but they are checked and have to go through official channels.

‘The letters written were taken by Mr Pritchard and on one occasion he not only circumvented the route for letters but actually took in a letter with intimate photos of Miss Dyer and a pair of her knickers.

‘You will hear that Miss Dyer accepts all with Mr Powell, but she does not accept it she committed an offence as the relationship started after she left the wing [he was on].

‘The letters Miss Dyer wrote were written in the name A. Cartwright, from an address in Poole.

‘The letters showed a recent relationship, which one prison officer found unusual as Mr Powell had been in the prison for some time.

‘He then looked at calls made by Mr Powell and found he had called the same number several times.

‘The name listed against this number was Holly Lapelly. This was a false name given by Miss Dyer.

‘Governor Mark Creaven listened to the calls and identified the voice as that of Barbara Dyer. She was immediately put on gardening leave.

‘The prosecution say there was some form of physical relationship between Miss Dyer and prisoner Powell and it will be for you to decide if that is the case.

‘Miss Dyer says her knickers must have got into the prisoner‘s cell because she had been on her period while at work and had put the knickers in the bin.

‘But she accepts it is her in the intimate photographs.

‘Mr Pritchard says he had handed back the items to Miss Dyer when he was asked to take them into the prison.

‘He says he is not aware how they got into prisoner Powell‘s cell.‘

Dyer, of Bournemouth, Dorset, and Pritchard of Southwick, Hants, both deny one count of misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.



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