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Woman prison officer caught in relationship with killer as ‘horny’ letter found

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A female prison guard was caught having a relationship with a convicted wife killer after a "horny" letter was discovered.

Sarah Lorking, 36, and murderer Bulent Sessacar, 36, met at HMP Gartree in Leicestershire.

Sessacar was serving a 10-year and eight-month minimum life sentence after stabbing his wife 58 times in front of a six-year-old child in London in 2012.

Following "intelligence" regarding a relationship, the killer's cell was searched on January 12 last year. In it, authorities found cards and letters from an anonymous sender.

Sessacar was transferred to another high security jail after their relationship was exposed. Lorking was arrested, later admitting to an offence of misconduct in a public office, reports LeicestershireLive.

Sessacar committed suicide on January 21 last year at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes.

Today (May 20), a judge gave Lorking a suspended sentence.

Paul Prior, prosecuting at Leicester Crown Court, said Lorking was in a live-in relationship with a fellow officer at the time she struck up her relationship with Sessacar.

She denied being in a relationship or sending cards or letters to Sessacar when questioned by the prison Governor.

Mr Prior said she later admitted to a colleague she had formed a "relationship of sorts", saying it amounted to kissing.

Lorking's ex-partner also gave a statement saying she admitted to him she loved Sessacar.

Items found in Sessacar's cell included a Moonpig Christmas card, bought using Lorking's sister's bank card and sent directly to the prison, with a mistletoe image and "one day" written with an x.

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Another card bore a heart and a reference to them being "together" upon his release.

An anonymous letter from 2020 referred to the sender being "horny" for him, mentioned kissing and stated there were "two Christmases to go".

Mr Prior said: "Mr Sessacar formed a bond with the defendant, which was torn away when they were discovered, and he suffered in respect of that.

"There's no suggestion her attention was unwelcome. It's not suggested he pursued her for nefarious purposes, such as bringing in drugs or mobile phones."

Michael Garvey, mitigating, said: "She was in close contact, as his key worker, when her relationship at home wasn't a good one.

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"She allowed herself to lose sight of her professional obligations and overstepped the mark to send those cards and talk to him in the way we can see on the exhibits (cards and letters) produced in court.

"There are many people and her family who support her and view her in a positive light."

Mr Garvey also said Lorking was now "happily with a new partner".

Lorking was given an 18 month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

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