Prison nurse faces jail after behind-bars fling with inmate fellow officer is accused of affair with

Prison nurse, 25, faces jail after admitting behind-bars fling with same inmate a fellow officer is also accused of having an ‘inappropriate’ affair with

  • Elyse Hibbs, 25, pleaded guilty to an ‘inappropriate relationship’ while working as a nurse at two prisons
  • Hibbs was told to return to court next month for sentence or a further direction 
  • Prison worker Ruth Shmylo, 25, is also accused of an affair with the same inmate
  • Shmylo did not enter a plea and must return to court in October

A jail nurse is facing going to prison herself after admitting a fling with an inmate behind bars.

Qualified health worker Elyse Hibbs, 25, pleaded guilty to an ‘inappropriate relationship’ while working as a nurse at two prisons.

A second prison worker custody officer Ruth Shmylo, also 25, appeared alongside Hibbs also accused of an affair with the same inmate – but did not enter a plea.

Hibbs worked at the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc Prison in Bridgend, Wales, and at HMP Manchester, known as Strangeways, 210 miles away.

She admitted the one charge of misconduct in a public office when she appeared in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court.

The charge against her states: ‘While acting as a public officer, namely prison nurse, willfully 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.’

Elyse Hibbs, 25, pleaded guilty to an 'inappropriate relationship' while working as a nurse at two prisons

Elyse Hibbs, 25, pleaded guilty to an ‘inappropriate relationship’ while working as a nurse at two prisons

Hibbs, a qualified nurse, worked at the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc Prison in Bridgend, Wales, and at HMP Manchester, known as Strangeways

Hibbs, a qualified nurse, worked at the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc Prison in Bridgend, Wales, and at HMP Manchester, known as Strangeways

Hibbs admitted the one charge of misconduct in a public office when she appeared in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court

Hibbs admitted the one charge of misconduct in a public office when she appeared in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court

Hibbs, of Manchester, 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.

Ruth Shmylo, also 25, is accused of an affair with the same inmate - but did not enter a plea

Ruth Shmylo, also 25, is accused of an affair with the same inmate – but did not enter a plea

The court heard the case against Shmylo was not ready to proceed and she was not asked to enter a plea

The court heard the case against Shmylo was not ready to proceed and she was not asked to enter a plea

Recorder of Cardiff Tracey Lloyd-Clarke, said: ‘You have pleaded guilty 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 inmate was not named in the court hearing.

The court 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, willfully 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 Treforest, Pontypridd, must return to court next month.

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