Ex-deputy PM jailed for sex crimes

POLAND’S former deputy prime minister was today jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of demanding sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities.

Lepper’s former aide, Stanislaw Lyzwinski, was also sentenced to five years in jail for rape and demanding sexual favors by the same court in the central Polish city of Piotrkow Trybunalski.

The populist Lepper served as deputy prime minister in 2006-2007 in a right wing-populist coalition government led by Law and Justice (PiS) chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of Poland’s current President Lech Kaczynski.

A high profile political sex scandal erupted in December 2006 when a then 33-year-old woman, Aneta Krawczyk, accused Lepper and Lyzwinski of demanding sexual favours in exchange for a job in Samoobrona, their populist political party.

The scandal rocked Polish politics and contributed to the plunge in popularity of the Kaczynski government and sparked the collapse of his coalition in the summer of 2007.

Lepper lost his seat in parliament in Poland’s autumn 2007 election.



Prison guard faces drug charges

A QUEENSLAND corrective services officer is to appear in court charged with drug possession.

A small quantity of cannabis and a drug implement was allegedly found in his car parked at the Borallon Correctional Centre on the outskirts of Ipswich earlier today.

The officer has been suspended without pay and has been issued with a notice to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 24

source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,26044998-29277,00.html?from=public_rss

Prison officer charged with supplying porn to inmates

Melbourne, July 12 (ANI): A prison officer, who allegedly supplied pornography to inmates at a prison farm near Beaudesert, Australia, is under investigation.

The police and Queensland Corrective Services raided the Palen Creek Correctional Centre to find two portable memory sticks that allegedly contained pornographic images, in the prison officer’s locker, the Courier Mail reports.

The officer has been accused of passing on the memory sticks to inmates to upload porn on to their computers.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if the material includes child porn.

The man is charged with bringing in prohibited items to the restricted zone and needs to appear in the Beaudesert Magistrates Court on August 5.

Meanwhile, prison sources at the jail revealed that the officer has resigned after being issued a show cause notice.

Also Queensland Corrective Services have seized a number of computer hard drives belonging to both staff and prisoners for forensic test.

source: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/prison-officer-charged-with-supplying-porn-to-inmates_100216898.html

Prison manager, inmates face drug charges

A unit manager and three inmates at Rimutaka Prison have been charged with cannabis-related offences.

The arrests follow an investigation involving the Department of Corrections and police.

Police laid charges against the unit manager on Thursday and the prisoners were to face charges on Friday.

Department of Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews says his staff quickly detected the illegal activity and worked closely with police to identify the accused.

Mr Matthews says any kind of illegal activity cannot be tolerated in prisons and he expects a high level of honesty and integrity from staff.

He says the actions of one manager should not detract from the hard work, dedication and professionalism shown by staff at Rimutaka Prison.

The department will not comment further on the nature of the charges, saying the matter is now before the courts.

Mr Matthews says the arrested prison manager has worked for the Corrections Department for 16 years. He says indications are that no other staff from the prison were involved in the activity.

source:  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/06/05/1245b561aadb

Guard charged in hospital beating in Lancaster

A Lancaster County Prison guard last August severely beat a prison inmate who had been shackled to a hospital bed, according to criminal and civil complaints.

Silvestre Villarreal, a longtime prison guard who weighs about 200 pounds, climbed on a bed at Lancaster General Hospital and straddled the inmate, according to the complaint of a civil lawsuit filed a week ago.

The correctional officer repeatedly hit the inmate, Vance Laughman, until nurses intervened. He struck him so hard that he broke his own hand, according to the complaint. Continue reading

Three prison officers suspended

Three prison officers have been suspended following an investigation into the smuggling of drugs and mobile phones into a London jail.

The three men, who work at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, were arrested in April.

They have since been bailed to appear at a police station.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “Three prison officers were suspended from HMP Wandsworth in April pending the outcome of a police investigation.”

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8071759.stm

Prison Guard Has Violent Inmate’s Child

A prison guard at the Young Offenders’ Institute in the British county of Buckinghamshire has given birth to a violent inmate’s baby, papers show.

Aylesbury prison officer Kelly-Anne McDade listed convicted burglar Nelson Simoes Lopes Delgado as the father of her newborn son on a filed birth certificate, The Daily Mail said Thursday

McDade, who was suspended when her superiors learned of her relationship with Delgado, resigned from her prison post after her new child’s birth. Continue reading

Prison officer jailed for murder

A PRISON officer has been jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend.

Lee Shaun Lucas, 36, of Park Road, Golbourne, admitted the offence, and was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years.

Police were called to the Wigan Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.10pm on Saturday 20 September 2008, after Helen Lucas, 45, had been brought into hospital from her home on Park Road.

A post mortem examination revealed that she died from trauma to her head and neck.

Helen and Lee had been dating for about 14 months. The couple weren’t married but Helen had changed her name.

Both Helen and Lee worked as prison officers at Risley Prison, near Warrington.

On the evening of her death Helen and Lee went to a number of nearby pubs, starting at the Royal before moving onto the Sir Charles Napier.

The pair left the pub and went home at about 3am on Saturday 20 September 2008.

Lucas called the ambulance service at about 11am, claiming to have found Helen collapsed on the floor of the upstairs landing.

His account of what happened has changed numerous times.

Senior Investigating Officer, Andy Tattersall, said: “Helen was a lively, popular woman with a large circle of friends and family, many of whom are still struggling to come to terms with her death.

“Although Lee has admitted killing Helen, it still remains unclear exactly what took place in their home when they got back from their night out.

“I believe he attacked Helen in the early hours of the morning, leaving her for dead and only bothering to call for help hours later. By then it was too late.

“He made considerable efforts to clean up after himself and make it look like an accident, but the injuries Helen suffered were so severe it was clear he was lying.

“She was battered by someone who was supposed to love her and look after her.

“Lucas has proved he is a violent man but also a complete coward. Thankfully he will now spend many years behind bars where he belongs.”
source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1112164_prison_officer_jailed_for_murder?rss=yes

Ex-prison officer escapes custody sentence

A former prison officer who gave false testimony to a Corruption and Crime Commission private
hearing into drug use by prison officers has received a suspended jail sentence.


Former prison officer Paula Marie White of High Wycombe received a six month suspended sentence at Perth Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to two charges of false
testimony. Continue reading

Facebook prison officer is sacked

A prison officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct after being caught making friends with inmates on the social networking website Facebook.

Nathan Singh, 27, who worked at HMP Leicester, was found to be associating with serving and former prisoners.

A prison service spokesman said: “We take inappropriate relationships with prisoners very seriously.”

He added the majority of prison service staff were “honest, hardworking and professional”.

‘Thorough checks’

The spokesman continued: “Following an investigation, a prison officer from HMP Leicester was dismissed in January for gross misconduct.

“He had been associating with serving and former prisoners, outside the course of his employment and without authority.

“We carry out thorough checks when we recruit prison officers, looking at character and criminal records, as well as nationality and identity.

“We work to create and support a culture which values integrity above all and rejects corruption and dishonesty.”

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/7959063.stm

Prison officer arrested following drug seizure

A prison officer was arrested after being found with around 40 mobile phones and a quantity of drugs, it emerged today.

He was arrested in Limerick city centre at around 8.30pm yesterday and is being questioned at Roxboro garda station.

Gardaí said a man in his 50s was detained after being discovered with a number of mobile phones and a quantity of cannabis and cocaine.

A spokesman said he is being questioned under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

He can be held for up to seven days.

The Prisons Service said it was a Garda matter and could not comment.

It is understood the officer worked at Limerick Prison.
source: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/eyaumhauidoj/rss2/

5 jail officers test positive for drugs

MANILA, Philippines—Five jail officers were found positive for drug use after random drug testing this month, the Department of Interior and Local Government announced Friday.

Without naming the officers, the DILG in a statement said two of the officers were from Metro Manila, one from the Cordillera, one from the Ilocos region, and one from the Caraga region.

Some 2,007 randomly selected jail personnel had undergone testing this month in line with government’s renewed anti-drug campaign.

Those who tested positive for shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and marijuana will undergo confirmatory tests and may face criminal and administrative charges, the DILG said

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090227-191484/5-jail-officers-test-positive-for-drugs

Former Filipino jail guard a suspect in ICRC kidnapping

A sacked prison guard was part of the armed gang who kidnapped three staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the southern Philippines, authorities said yesterday.

Rescuers have had no communication with the gunmen, who on Thursday snatched Andreas Notter of Switzerland, Eugenio Vagni of Italy and Filipina Jean Lacaba, and the hostages’ condition and location are unknown, Lieutenant-General Nelson Allaga of the Philippine Marines said. Continue reading

Prison officer trio charged over alleged assault

Three Queensland prison officers have been charged over an alleged indecent assault of another officer.

The charges relate to an alleged incident at the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Academy, a QCS spokesman said.

The male officers will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 27 to face a number of indecent assault charges.

source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/prison-officer-trio-charged-over-alleged-assault/2009/01/15/1231608872935.html

UK prison officer suspended for smuggling in McDonald’s Big Macs for inmates!

London, January 8 : A Belmarsh Prison officer in England has been suspended on charges of allegedly smuggling in McDonald’s meals for inmates.

A warder patrolling the prison caught the smell of Big Macs, fries and fizzy drinks while two prisoners were enjoying them. Continue reading

5 prison guards arrested for torturing inmate

Five prison guards at a Sakarya prison were arrested on Thursday for abusing and torturing an inmate.

An investigation was launched recently by the Sakarya Public Prosecutor’s Office into prison guards at the Sakarya Ferizli Prison, deemed one of Turkey’s most modern prisons, who were accused of torturing an inmate, identified by the initials S.İ. The inmate was arrested and placed in prison last month on charges of sexually harassing three children.

S.İ. filed a criminal complaint against five prison guards earlier this month, saying he was subjected to various types of torture, including being burned with a hot iron. The prosecutor’s office examined prison camera footage and verified that S.İ. was tortured and mistreated. Five prison guards were ordered arrested on Thursday by a court.

The arrests came only weeks after the death of an activist, allegedly at the hands of police and prison guards at an İstanbul prison. Engin Çeber, an inmate at İstanbul’s Metris Prison, died last month after reportedly being abused and tortured, initially at the hands of police officers who interrogated him and later by prison security personnel when he was in jail. Çeber was pronounced dead after suffering from a brain hemorrhage as a result of head trauma. An autopsy suggested that severe bruises were detected on various parts of his body, strengthening claims that the activist was subjected to torture.

Results of the autopsy were verified by a forensic report released on Thursday, which cited the reason behind Çeber’s death as torture. The nine-page report stated that Çeber died of a type of torture known as corporal punishment.

Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin, who previously apologized for the death of Çeber on behalf of the Turkish state and the government, stated that his ministry is diligently investigating claims of mistreatment and torture.

“We consider human dignity above all. The Justice Ministry and the government are fighting against all wrongdoings, and we will continue to do so,” he said.



Corrections officer could face vehicular homicide charg

ST. THOMAS – The V.I. Attorney General’s Office is expected to upgrade charges against Bureau of Corrections Officer Jedwyn Frett after one of the people injured in an Oct. 16 vehicle accident Frett is charged with causing died during the weekend.

Two pedestrians and a passenger in Frett’s truck were injured in the crash when, according to police, Frett barreled into another vehicle at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Moravian Highway and Crown Mountain Road.

Frett, 53, of Estate Thomas initially was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying an unlicensed firearm, brandishing a weapon and reckless driving.

Frett struck three parked cars and two pedestrians before colliding with a Ford Explorer. Witnesses told police that following the crash Frett pulled out a handgun and held it up to the gathering crowd.

Police at the scene confiscated the weapon and found that Frett’s license for the gun had expired.

St. Thomas Deputy Police Chief Melvin Venzen said Tuesday that in addition to the initial charges, Frett now likely will be facing a vehicular homicide charge following the death of Jose Vasquez, one of the injured pedestrians.

Vasquez, 32, a native of the Dominican Republic, died on Saturday. Following the accident, Vasquez was rushed to Schneider Hospital with a fractured right femur, a fractured left arm, ruptured bladder, internal head injuries and a fractured pelvis.

Doctors attempted to repair his bladder, however, he remained in critical condition in intensive care until he was airlifted two days later back to his homeland to receive further medical treatment.

Hospital spokesman Sam Topp said at the time that Vasquez’s head injuries required the care of a neurosurgeon, which is not a regular service available at Schneider Hospital.

Vasquez was in the country illegally and could not be transported a hospital on the U.S. mainland, Topp said. He was instead sent to the nearest facility that would accept him and could treat his extensive injuries, Topp said.

The other pedestrian injured complained of shoulder, back and leg pains and the passenger suffered cuts to the head. Frett received minor scratches.

Since the accident, Frett, who has been employed with the Bureau of Corrections for more than 20 years, has been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to V.I. Justice Department spokeswoman Sara Lezama.



Jail computer expert stored child porn

A PRISON computer expert who was caught with child pornography images claimed he was planning to commit attacks on traffickers trading in internet images of abuse.
Michael Baxter, of Whitelaw Drive, Bathgate, told police that a family member was the victim of sexual abuse but the alleged perpetrator committed suicide.

He said he wanted “revenge” and accessed paedophile websites and chatrooms and traded images in a bid to meet others to assault them.

He is now facing a jail sentence after admitting making, possessing and distributing or showing indecent pictures of children and child abuse movie files.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that some of the material recovered from Baxter’s home computers included images of the most serious level of abuse.

Baxter, 41, was employed by the Scottish Prison Service since 1995.

The judge, Lord Brailsford, deferred sentence for a background report, placed him on the sex offenders’ register and continued bail.

Prison staff charged by CCC

Two Hakea Prison staff members have been charged with giving false evidence as part of a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into their alleged drug taking.

A prison nurse faces five charges of false testimony, a prison officer with two charges of false testimony and her de-facto husband three.

The alleged offences occurred at a private hearing conducted by the Commission in August.

They are expected to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on October 23. Investigations are continuing.

source: http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuId=77&ContentID=102089

Correctional officer charged

A resident magistrate presiding the Spanish Town Resident Magis-trate’s Court warned investigators that they need to secure exhibits in criminal matters to maintain the integrity of the Crown’s case.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Greene gave the warning yesterday, while presiding over a case involving Clifford William, 37, a correctional officer who is charged with breaching the Corrections Act.

Packages of cigarettes

Investigating officer, Detective Ser-geant Ottie Williams of the Spanish Town Police Station, told the court that on January 4, this year, authorities at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, where the officer works, searched him and found several packages of cigarettes strapped to his legs and other parts of his body.

He told the court that a file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that Williams be charged.

The officer told the court that the authorities at the prison are in pos-session of the exhibit, but the RM expressed concern and told him that he needs to secure the exhibit as this could hamper the progress of the Crown’s case. Williams’ bail was extended until October 13.