Prison caterer smuggled drugs into jail and had sex with armed robber

A prison catering manager joined a smuggling ring after getting into a sexual relationship with a one of the inmates.

Mum-of-one Annette Causey sneaked in cannabis and tobacco inside her bra in exchange for cash after starting twice-daily sex sessions with Jamie Ellis, 31.

The pair swapped explicit love letters and text messages during their illicit romance behind the walls of Hindley jail in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

They would kiss and cuddle inside storerooms and fridges and Causey, 34, admitted to performing oral sex on the career criminal five times.

She had given him her phone number so he could use his contraband mobile to send her ‘sexts’ about lurid encounters they had or were planning to have.

But they were eventually rumbled by a police Anti-Corruption Unit after being alerted in March 2018 by an informant who had seen them coming out of fridges and store cupboards together.

Prison officers searched Ellis’ cell and found a diary containing the kitchen supervisor’s phone number. He and his cellmate threw two phones out of an open window but they were recovered.

Detectives then searched Causey’s home and found a stash of cash, love letters for Ellis and a quantity of cannabis.

Causey, of Abram, Wigan, wept as she was jailed for 30 months at Bolton Crown Court after admitting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

Ellis, from Knowsley, Liverpool, was jailed for 16 months after admitting conspiracy to supply drugs and unauthorised possession of a mobile phone in jail.

The court heard how Ellis was previously sentenced to eight years in 2015 after working as a getaway driver following a series of raids in which a gang armed with machetes, knives, meat cleavers targeted the homes of Liverpool’s Chinese community.

Causey first met Ellis in February 2018 when he was transferred from another jail and became his supervisor when he got a job cleaning the prison kitchen.

The court heard how there had been ‘extensive phone contact’ between the pair, particularly about their sexual escapades.

As she was arrested in July 2018 upon arriving for work, Causey said: ‘I have a package on me. I was told to bring it in or they will get my daughter.’

Inside her bra officers found three packages containing 45.3 grams of cannabis resin, two bags of tobacco and £510 in cash.

Upon searching her car parked outside the jail, police found three further packages containing 48.9 grams of cannabis resin, two further packages of tobacco and £900 in cash. There were also cards and letters of an erotic nature.

Causey was told by Ellis to change her sim card several times to avoid detection, the court heard.

The caterer said she received phone calls from an unknown man, who would drop off packages through an open ground floor window of her home.

She was then instructed to bring the contraband into prison and put them on a shelf in the kitchen.

The court heard how the caterer claimed someone had threatened to hurt her daughter if she didn’t carry on with the scheme.

Ellis was moved to Liverpool and then Risley Prison but the court heard the pair continued their relationship and Causey even made attempts to visit him.

She was allowed to write letters and receive calls from him, but these were subject to monitoring, and both continued with ‘sexually explicit language’.

Defending Causey, Paul Treble said: ‘She was in a very dark place. She tried to kill herself and the one thing she will thank Ellis for is he stopped her from doing it.

‘He did make her feel better in the short term and that is really why she did what she did.

‘She feels inadequate at times, and people have taken advantage of her. She feels men in her life have been unfaithful, manipulative and dishonest.

‘She thought he loved her but the relationship ended days after he left prison – he got what he wanted.’

Ellis’ cellmate Mark Berry, 32, of Widnes, Cheshire was jailed for 21 months after admitting conspiracy possessing a prohibited item inside prison and producing cannabis.

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