Female prison officer charged over 'affair' with cop killer

A female prison guard will face court over claims she was having a sexual relationship with an inmate at a jail on NSW’s mid-north coast.

The 34-year-old officer at a facility in Kempsey was allegedly sexually involved with Sione Penisini, who is serving a 36-year sentence for the murder of Senior Constable Glenn McEnallay in 2002.

Corrective Services NSW launched an investigation after allegations of criminal misconduct were made public last week.

A 34-year-old female prison guard will face court over claims she was having a relationship with a cop killer at a jail on NSW’s mid-north coast. Source: NSW Police

Police arrested the woman at a home in Smithtown on Thursday, issuing her a court attendance notice for misconduct in public office and larceny.

Investigators allege that over three weeks in July she passed “sensitive information” to prisoners, engaged in an intimate relationship with an inmate, and failed to disclose a conflict of interest.

The NSW mid-north coast prison guard was charged over an affair with Sione Penisini. Source: NSW Police. 

She is also accused of collecting a parcel from a post box in June that wasn’t addressed to her and kept the package.

The woman, who has since been suspended, was granted strict conditional bail to face Kempsey Local Court on August 20.

The relationship was alleged to have unfolded while Penisini was in maximum security at Kempsey jail. Source: 7 News

The NSW government last week announced a special task force to investigate inappropriate relationships between guards and inmates over the past decade.

NSW Corrections Services Minister David Elliott said he was appalled by the recent allegations and suggested there were “cultural issues” within the system.

Former NSW Police assistant commissioner Mark Murdoch will lead the review.