Feminine jail officer, 33, had relationship with robber at open jail and helped him escape earlier than he went on run for six months, courtroom hears
- Erica Whittingham is accused of serving to robber Michael Seddon escape from HMP Sudbury and helping him whereas he was on the run for nearly six months
- Derbyshire Police put out media attraction when Seddon escaped in October 2019
- He was jailed for robbing aged man and given indeterminate jail sentence
- Whittingham denies costs of serving to Seddon escape and wilful misconduct in a judicial place and is because of stand trial at Derby Crown Court docket in July 2022
Erica Whittingham, 33, is accused of serving to Michael Seddon (pictured) escape from HMP Sudbury and helping him whereas on the run
A feminine jail officer has been charged with serving to an inmate escape from a Derbyshire jail and having a relationship with him.
Erica Whittingham appeared at Derby Crown Court docket to face two costs regarding the alleged offences.
The prosecution declare she shaped a relationship with convicted robber Michael Seddon whereas she was working at HMP Sudbury the place he was serving his sentence.
They then declare the 33-year-old helped him escape and assisted him whereas he was on the run for nearly six months.
Whittingham, of Bramshall, Uttoxeter, denies the costs.
Adjourning the case to trial, Recorder Adrian Reynolds advised her: ‘What I wish to say to you and that is very a lot customised to this case is that I admire what a troublesome place you’re in.’
Whittingham faces two costs.
The primary helps Seddon to flee from HMP Sudbury on October 1, 2019 and harbouring him till March 18, 2020 in Lincolnshire, Larger Manchester, Merseyside and Oxford.
And the second is wilful misconduct in a judicial place in that as a jail officer at HMP Sudbury she had a relationship with Seddon between January 8, 2017 and October 3, 2019.
Prosecutors declare Whittingham was in a relationship with inmate Michael Seddon whereas working at HMP Sudbury (pictured) the place he was serving his sentence for a violent theft
The defendant pleaded not responsible when she appeared in particular person at Derby Crown Court docket.
Recorder Reynolds requested her barrister, Mark Sharman, what her defence to the costs is.
He replied: ‘Each ANPR (automated quantity plate recognition) and cellphone proof is disputed.’
Recorder Reynold requested: ‘She is denying she had something to do with him escaping?’
Mr Sharman replied: ‘The easy reply is I do not know.’
Recorder Reynolds set the path date to the week commencing July 25, 2022 and handed Whittingham unconditional bail.
Derbyshire Police launched a media attraction when Seddon escaped from HMP Sudbury in October 2019.
In it they mentioned the then 30-year-old was final seen on the open jail at 9pm that night and that he was convicted of theft at Bournemouth Crown Court docket in November 2011.
That listening to heard how he was certainly one of 4 males discovered responsible of the theft of a 78-year-old man at his dwelling in Dorset.
The sufferer, a farmer, was tied up, overwhelmed and threatened throughout a two-hour ordeal and Seddon, then 22 and of Bootle, Merseyside, was handed an indeterminate jail sentence for public safety.