Top Security Jail Warder in Court Over Five Attacks


A Senior prison officer who works with some of Britain's serious sex offenders at Wakefield's maximum security jail has been charged with five rapes across Yorkshire. JOHN DAVID HALL, 34, has also been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm.

The YEP understands he is a Principal Officer in charge of a wing at the prison where Soham double child killer Ian Huntley is serving life for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Hall is alleged to have committed the offences between 1997 and 1999 in the Leeds and York areas.

He was arrested when detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team swooped at an address in Wakefield on Wednesday. He was charged last night and was due to appear before magistrates at Leeds later today.

One prison service source told the YEP: "he has a high profile managerial job. He will be in charge of looking after sex offenders and will have overall control of a wing. The reaction at the prison will be one of disbelief. He is not a loner, he has worked in the prison service for about 10 years and is a popular guy."

A spokesman for the prison service refused to confirm whether Hall has been suspended from his job at Wakefield.

A police spokesman said: "a 34 year old man from the Wakefield area was arrested in connection with a number of offences of rape and assault."

Wakefield prison on Love Lane houses some of the country's worst sex offenders. It's treatment programme for perverts is regarded as one of the best in the country. The jail is known as 'Monster Mansion' because it holds so many notorious offenders. Carl Manning, the killer of Victoria Climbie, and Michael Sams, who murdered Leeds teenager Julie Dart, are both inmates.

Roy Whiting who is serving life for the murder of schoolgirl Sarah Payne, was also held in the jail until he was slashed in the face by another inmate.

Wakefield jail was the focus of national attention when serial killer GP Harold Shipman hanged himself in his cell last year. (19th August)
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The latest is, he got life after vehemently denying involvement, but the DNA evidence was overwhelming.

It is interesting to note the type of job he chose, and now he is behind bars with the other monsters ;\)

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I wonder what song he will be singing now!

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