Female prison officer accused of having relationship with inmate appears in court

Prison Officer Stacey Sutherland, 27, arrives at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, County Durham, charged with misconduct in a public office at Deerbolt Young Offenders Institute, for allegedly having an affair with an inmate. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Prison Officer Stacey Sutherland, 27, arrives at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, County Durham, charged with misconduct in a public office at Deerbolt Young Offenders Institute, for allegedly having an affair with an inmate. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A female prison officer accused of having a relationship with a serving inmate has appeared in court.

Stacey Sutherland, 27, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Thursday charged with wilfully neglecting to perform her duty at HMP Deerbolt young offenders' institution in County Durham.

The defendant, of Marshall Street in Barnard Castle, County Durham, is said to have abused the public's trust by entering into a relationship with the prisoner between April 1 and May 14.

Sutherland spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth during the five-minute hearing.

She was granted unconditional bail by District Judge Tim Capstick to appear at Teesside Crown Court on December 6.