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Maghaberry female prison officer 'arrested over alleged affair with loyalist killer'

Published 15/01/2016

The BBC said police were called in after a "covert intelligence operation" by the prison authorities.
The BBC said police were called in after a "covert intelligence operation" by the prison authorities.

A female prison officer at Maghaberry has been arrested over an alleged sexual affair with a convicted killer.

According to reports the officer has also been suspended from duty while it is understood the prisoner in question has been moved to an isolation unit within the jail.

The PSNI said they had arrested a female on suspicion of "misconduct in a public office".

She has since been released on bail.

He and the officer had both been working in the prison kitchens at the high security Co Antrim prison.

The BBC said police were called in after a "covert intelligence operation" by the prison authorities.

It is alleged that they had become concerned that the pair had formed an inappropriate relationship.

The officer was arrested and is facing a charge of gross misconduct in public office.

It is reported the prisoner involved is Robert Young from Portadown who was jailed in 2005 for 22-years for the murder of drug dealer Jim Johnston outside his Crawfordsburn home in County Down.

In a statement to the BBC the department of Justice said: "NI Prison Service can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended following an internal investigation.

"This is now a matter for the PSNI and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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