Prison nurse 'had inappropriate relationship with same inmate as jail worker colleague'

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Elyse Hibbs (left) admitted to a relationship with a prison inmate, while Ruth Shmylo (right) has yet to enter a plea. (Wales News)
Jail worker Elyse Hibbs, left, admitted having a relationship with a prison inmate, while Ruth Shmylo, right, has yet to enter a plea. (Wales News)

A prison nurse is facing a potential jail term herself after she admitted having an “inappropriate relationship” with an inmate.

Qualified health worker Elyse Hibbs, 25, admitted to her relationship with the unidentified prisoner while working as a nurse at two prisons.

A second prison worker, custody officer Ruth Shmylo, also 25, appeared alongside Hibbs also accused of a relationship 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.

Health worker Elyse Hibbs, 25, pictured at Cardiff Crown Court on 20 Sept, pleaded guilty to an
Health worker Elyse Hibbs, 25, pictured at Cardiff Crown Court on 20 September, admitted having an inappropriate relationship with a prisoner while working as a nurse at two prisons. (Wales News)
Elyse Hibbs admitted to her relationship with the unidentified prisoner while while working as a nurse at two prisons. (Wales News)
Elyse Hibbs admitted having a relationship with the unidentified prisoner while while working as a nurse at two prisons. (Wales News)

She admitted 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, wilfully 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 worked at the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc Prison in Bridgend, Wales. (Kenneth Rees/Geograph/Creative Commons)
Elyse Hibbs worked at the 1,652-capacity HMP Parc prison in Bridgend, Wales. (Kenneth Rees/Geograph/Creative Commons)
Elyse Hibbs also worked at HMP Manchester, known as Strangeways. (Google)
Elyse Hibbs also worked at HMP Manchester, known as Strangeways. (Google)

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.

The court heard the case against Shmylo, who previously worked at HMP Parc, 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.

Shmylo, of Treforest, Pontypridd, must return to court next month.