A NURSE who had a fling with an inmate now faces jail herself – while a fellow prison worker who is alleged to have been with the same lag is yet to plead.
Elyse Hibbs, 25, today admitted she was in an “inappropriate relationship” with an inmate while she was working as a nurse at two prisons.
A second prison worker, Ruth Shmylo, also 25, appeared alongside Hibbs and is accused of having a fling with the same inmate.
However, Shmylo did not enter a plea.
The women are accused of becoming involved with the man at the category B Parc Prison in Bridgend, Wales, and had both been slapped with one charge of misconduct in a public office.
Qualified nurse Hibbs is accused of misconduct while working at two prisons, the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc and HMP Manchester – known as Strangeways – 210 miles away.
Shmylo’s alleged five-month relationship is said to have taken place between December and April 2021.
Hibbs then got involved with the same man between May and July.
The man has not been named.
Today, Hibbs, of Manchester, pleaded guilty when she appeared in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court.
The charge against her states: “While acting as a public officer, namely prison nurse, wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder by engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a prisoner.”
She was told “all options” remain open when she comes to be sentenced over the affair.
Adam Sharp, defending, said Hibbs’ plea was on a basis that would need to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service and requested a pre-sentence report.
She was told to return to court next month for sentence or a further direction hearing.
Recorder of Cardiff, Tracey Lloyd-Clarke, said: “You have pleaded guilty to what is, as I suspect you know, a very serious offence.
“I’m going to order a pre-sentence report and bail you to the next hearing.
“You shouldn’t read anything into either of those decisions, all options remain open to the court.”
The court also heard the case against Shmylo, who previously worked at Parc Prison, was not ready to proceed and she was not asked to enter a plea.
The charge against her states: “While acting as a public officer, namely a prison custody officer, wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder by engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a prisoner.”
Shmylo, of Pontypridd, Wales, must return to court next month.
Source: The Sun