A prison officer stole secret documents on high-security prisoners – including child killer Ian Huntley – to sell to national newspapers, a court has heard.
Paul Capewell, 41, who worked at HMP Frankland in Durham, is accused of smuggling out the information and passing it to his brother John.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the thefts were a “massive security breach”.
Prosecutor Peter Moulson said the plot came to light when a dog walker found documents scattered on a bridle path in Wallsend, North Tyneside, on 13 September last year.
Many had John Capewell’s fingerprints on them, the jury heard.
Mr Moulson said police discovered they had been stolen from his car and further searches of his house recovered copies of contracts between the defendant and the News of the World newspaper.
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