‘Sex favour’ prison of­fi­cer es­capes jail

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A MALE po­lice of­fi­cer at a women-only prison es­caped jail af­ter a jury couldn’t de­cide if he had of­fered four in­mates spe­cial favours in ex­change for sex.

Si­mon Dykes (above), a se­nior warder at HMP Down­view, in Sur­rey, was ac­cused of hav­ing in­ter­course with one pris­oner af­ter promis­ing to get her a spe­cial week­end re­lease from cus­tody to see her dy­ing gran­dad.

He was also said to have taken ad­van­tage of an­other jail­bird’s frag­ile men­tal state to have in­ter­course with her on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

It was al­leged that Dykes, 46, a fa­ther of two, had stood in the women’s cells play­ing with him­self while the in­mates mas­tur­bated in front of him.

But fol­low­ing a jury’s fail­ure at Guild­ford Crown Court to reach ver­dicts on four charges of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice, the pros­e­cu­tion an­nounced that it would not seek a re-trial.

Dykes, from West­cott, near Dork­ing, Sur­rey, was dis­charged af­ter Judge Neil Ste­wart for­mally brought in ver­dicts of Not Guilty on three of the counts.

The fourth count was or­dered to lie on the file.

Dykes ac­quit­tal comes af­ter he had al­ready un­der­gone two tri­als.

The former act­ing gov­er­nor of the prison Rus­sell Thorne, 41, had pre­vi­ously been jailed for five years over wrong­do­ings at the jail.

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