A prison worker who had a personal relationship with a notorious lifer and met him in Scunthorpe before going on the run is now serving a sentence behind bars.
Angela Pauley, 48, has admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with dangerous inmate Brian McBride, 54. He was found in his car after spending two days at large.
The couple had previously met in secret during a period of overnight leave granted to McBride and used the alias “Eric and Maggie” to hide their contact, a court said.
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Analysis of Pauley’s internet history revealed that she had researched reports of her escape and sought accommodation in a “cottage” for two people.
McBride, who has spent more than two decades behind bars, gained notoriety in 2012 after a prison nurse was jailed for having sex with him while serving his life sentence in prison High Security Wakefield.
In 2019, McBride, who was sentenced to life in 1997, was being held in the lower-category open jail at North Sea Camp near Boston.
McBride was doing his regular internship at Centenary Methodist Church in Boston when he passed away on June 25, 2019.
His disappearance sparked a Lincolnshire Police manhunt and McBride spent two days on the run before officers found him more than 35 miles away in a car driven by Pauley in the seaside resort of Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire.
Pauley, of Skegness, was working as an operational support officer at the North Sea camp at the time. She pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in the performance of public office.
Although Pauley’s role was not as high as that of a prison warden, it still included important responsibilities such as checking the prisoner’s mail and carrying out searches, Lincoln Crown Court said.
Richard Thatcher, prosecuting, said Pauley’s job meant his contact with McBride should have been limited.
“The investigations after his escape painted a different picture,” Thatcher told the court.
Against prison rules, Pauley used his own personal cell phone to keep in regular contact with McBride on his legitimate prison phone and three illicit SIM cards he used in an illegally detained handset.
“It was a personal relationship,” said Thatcher.
“It might be hard to discern how far this went. It’s not clear that this was ultimately a sexual relationship. They were certainly extremely close.”
All but three messages between Pauley and McBride have been deleted, Mr Thatcher said.
But those who stayed have shown that they are using the aliases of “Eric and Maggie” to muddy the waters.
Pauley also recorded McBride as “the man with a van”.
Mr Thatcher said contact between them began as soon as McBride got his legitimate phone from prison on March 1, 2019.
“The voice phone calls between Angela Pauley and Brian McBride lasted over six hours and ten minutes,” Thatcher added.
“It is not clear what they were talking about. We do not have this file.”
However, Mr Thatcher said Pauley was known to have had a 15-minute phone conversation with McBride the morning he disappeared from his six-day-a-week internship at Centenary Methodist Church in Boston.
“He was gone in an hour,” Thatcher added.
At the same time, prison officers were on their way to pick up McBride and return him under closed conditions to Lincoln Prison after a review meeting that morning was made aware of his concerns about his contact with two vulnerable women at church.
Evidence from the cell site also showed Pauley had traveled more than 40 miles to Scunthorpe days before the escape when McBride was granted four days off overnight at an inn in town.
“On June 26 (2019) Brian McBride took a cab to Skegness where Angela Pauley lived,” Mr. Thatcher said.
“On the morning of June 27, he was traveling as a front passenger in a car driven by Angela Pauley.
“During his interview, Pauley said that McBride” showed up at his door without warning. “
“It might be worth asking him how he knew his address.
“She explained that she panicked and locked him in her garage overnight.”
Pauley has denied having sex with McBride and gave a number of reasons for visiting him in Scunthorpe, including that they accidentally “met” after she went to visit friends.
McBride was returned to jail after being found in Pauley’s car and sentenced to four more months in jail after admitting to being unlawfully at large.
Mr Thatcher told the court there were similarities to another incident involving McBride and prison staff in one of Britain’s most secure prisons, although on this occasion sexual intercourse was proven.
In 2012, a prison nurse was jailed for having an affair with McBride. Karen Cosford, then 47, had sex with McBride while serving his life sentence at Wakefield Prison.
She sent the prisoner intimate texts on a smuggled cell phone and even wrote him a love letter which was found hidden in a sugar jar.
Cosford committed a sexual act on McBride while she was on duty while two colleagues guarded her cell, the Leeds Crown Court jury heard.
Giles Grant, mitigating for Pauley, argued that there were a number of more aggravating features in the Cosford case and said it was disproved that Pauley had sex with McBride.
Mr Grant told court that Pauley had previously worked for the police and was of good character until his life was “turned upside down” by a series of events in 2018.
This included her leaving 19-year-old husband, an addiction to pain relievers from a previous work accident, and caring for her parents.
Mr Grant said this meant Pauley was a particularly vulnerable target for a manipulative prisoner like McBride.
Handing down a 10-month prison sentence, Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight said McBride was clearly a “manipulative and dangerous” prisoner whose actions had led to a number of convictions within the prison system.
But the judge told Pauley that his crime had touched the heart of the prison system and that jail time could not be avoided.
“On June 26 (2019) Brian McBride took a cab to Skegness where you live.
“You say he showed up at your door without warning, but this man shouldn’t have known where you lived.
The judge added that while it was unclear how McBride was made aware of his impending move under closed conditions, it was clear Pauley had been in contact with him shortly before his disappearance.
“Whether or not your relationship is intimate or sexual, it just might be,” Justice Sjolin Knight told Pauley.
“You were excessively close to a prisoner.
The judge added that there was no evidence to support Pauley’s claims that she was driving McBride to a police station when they were caught together.
Earlier this month, a second North Sea camp worker, prison warden Richard Goodwin, 41, was cleared of “informing” McBride that he was about to be brought back into the country. closed conditions on the day of his escape.
Prosecutors had alleged that Goodwin, who lived on the same street as Pauley in Skegness, “warned” McBride after learning he would soon be transferred to Lincoln Prison.
But a Lincoln Crown Court jury cleared Goodwin of misconduct in the performance of public office.
It was alleged that McBride was warned by Goodwin after he was present at a governor’s review meeting where his status was discussed.
The prosecution claimed there had also been 284 calls or attempted calls between Goodwin and McBride in the three and a half months leading up to his escape.
Mr Thatcher asked the jury: “To put it another way 13:30 hours of voice calls.
“What the hell were they talking about?” “
But Chris Jeyes, defending Goodwin, told the court there was “no evidence” of the content of the conversations between the two men, and called the case “purely circumstantial”.
Mr Jeyes added that testimony from the meeting at which McBride’s status was brought up varied widely both on content and whether Goodwin was indeed present, with bad records kept.
Goodwin chose not to testify at his trial, but during his interviews with the police, the jury learned that he maintained that they had a normal “prisoner-officer” relationship.
The court heard that part of his interviews with the police were also lost after failing to record them.
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