Prison worker gave phones and drugs to in­mates


Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By JON PRITCHARD

A PRISON worker from Derby has been jailed for her part in a plot to pro­vide in­mates with mo­bile phones and drugs.

Rachel Tay­lor, who worked as an ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant in the psy­chol­ogy depart­ment at HMP Lowd­ham Grange in Not­ting­hamshire, helped in­mates to run a prof­itable busi­ness.

The 24-year-old also had ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ships’ with the in­mates who she pro­vided with banned items.

It al­lowed her to lead an ‘ex­trav­a­gant lifestyle,’ spend­ing on de­signer clothes and ac­ces­sories.

She was em­ployed in March 2016, and three months later col­leagues be­came sus­pi­cious she was hav­ing re­la­tion­ships with Raphael Davis and Jor­dache Smith-Chal­lis, who were in­mates.

In De­cem­ber 2016, drugs and a mo­bile phone were dis­cov­ered fol­low­ing a search of the pris­on­ers’ cell.

A di­ary was also found which con­tained vi­tal ev­i­dence of Tay­lor’s in­volve­ment in a wider plot to traf­fic cannabis, spice and mo­bile phones to the cat­e­gory B prison.

A num­ber of mo­bile phones and 16 wraps of cannabis were also dis­cov­ered at her home.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into her bank ac­count found she had been paid money by Davis, Cher­rice Ben­nett – Davis’s girl­friend on the out­side – and She­lagh Chal­lis, Smith-Chal­lis’ mother.

All five pleaded guilty at Not­ting­ham Crown Court and were sen­tenced at hear­ings on De­cem­ber 3 and 5.

Tay­lor, 24, for­merly of Mer­rill Way in Derby was sen­tenced to two-and-ahalf-years in jail for posses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply Class B drugs, con­spir­acy to sup­ply Class B drugs, con­spir­acy to con­vey mo­bile phones and Class B drugs into prison and posses­sion of crim­i­nal prop­erty

Davis, 27, of no fixed ad­dress, was sen­tenced to four years im­pris­on­ment for con­spir­acy to sup­ply Class B drugs and con­spir­acy to con­vey Class B drugs into prison

Smith-Chal­lis, 24, of no fixed ad­dress, JIm Heggs Rachel Tay­lor

was sen­tenced to three years for con­spir­acy to sup­ply Class B drugs and con­spir­acy to con­vey Class B drugs and phones into prison

Ben­nett, 26, of Tile Croft, in Stour­bridge, was sen­tenced to a four-month cus­to­dial sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, and 100 hours of un­paid work for posses­sion of crim­i­nal prop­erty Chal­lis, 43, of Brighton was sen­tenced to 12-month com­mu­nity or­der for posses­sion of crim­i­nal prop­erty. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Jim Heggs, of Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice, said: “Raphael Davis and Jor­dache Smith-Chal­lis were con­duct­ing a prof­itable busi­ness from prison, us­ing their loved ones as well as cor­rupt­ing Tay­lor. “Tay­lor was well aware of her in­volve­ment in this con­spir­acy and was happy to ben­e­fit from the crim­i­nal­ity, tak­ing mea­sures to cover her tracks. It was money she spent on an ex­trav­a­gant lifestyle. While Davis and Smith-Chal­lis were the in­sti­ga­tors of the busi­ness, Tay­lor played a crit­i­cal part in the con­spir­acy as she was able to purchase the phones and other de­vices and fa­cil­i­tate and ar­range col­lec­tion of the drugs, be­fore she con­veyed them into the prison.

“The two pris­on­ers will be be­hind bars for longer, and Tay­lor will now see the other side of prison life, as an in­mate.” Lowd­ham Grange prison

Tay­lor will now see the other side of prison life ... as an in­mate

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