Prison Officer Jailed

27 March 2013, 12:39

A former prison officer at Milton Keynes' Woodhill Jail who sold to The Sun information about James Bulger killer Jon Venables has himself been jailed for 16 months.

Richard Trunkfield, 31, from Moulton, Northampton, was sentenced at The Old Bailey in London on Wednesday 27 March 2013, having admitted misconduct in a public office between 2 March 2010 and 30 April 2010.

He has now resigned from HMP Woodhill (right).  Initially it could not be reported that the case involved Venables, but reporting restrictions have now been lifted because Venables is no longer being held at Woodhill.

Trunkfield was sentenced alongside former Surrey police constable Alan Tierney, 40, who sold to The Sun details about the separate arrests of the mum of England and Chelsea footballer John Terry, and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.

Tierney also admitted misconduct in a public office at an earlier hearing.

Passing sentence at the Old Bailey on 27 March 2013, Mr Justice Fulford said that Tierney's offences were "a disgraceful way for a police officer to act."

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