In 2018, there are endless ways in which to find a potential partner. For example, if you can’t find an eligible partner on a night out in a bar then there is always dating apps such as Tinder there to help. Or, you could take inspiration from Shauna Cleary who found a lover at work.
Of course, dating someone from work comes with many complications. For example, if they are your superior then there are many ethical questions which need to be raised about the nature of the relationship. Equally, if they are your inferior then this sparks a similar line of questioning.
So when 25-year-old Cleary began a romantic relationship with Kurt Jarman, it was inevitably going to raise a great deal of discussion given that Kurt was very much below Cleary in the workplace pecking order.
You may be thinking that this is irrelevant if they truly love one another, but the issue is that Kurt Jarman is a very “dangerous” prisoner being held at Her Majesty’s Prison Parc in Wales.
The 22-year-old is serving a 10-year sentence for a brutal attack on a 77-year-old man.
Jarman, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time, subjected the man to a three-hour ordeal where he cut his neck with a Stanley knife, beat him repeatedly and threatened to kill him.
He then drove the bruised and battered man to a cash point after ransacking his house in search of cash. Jarman, a star rugby player, slashed the man’s sofa open and ripped all his paintings from the wall in his search for a hidden stash of cash.
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Once he was finished wrecking the home, Jarman urinated on the mess before driving the elderly man to an ATM where the victim was able to escape.
The man was then rescued by police who in turn took him to hospital where he was treated for his severe injuries. Beyond physical harm, the old man was extremely psychologically damaged.
The man now lives in sheltered accommodation after his anxiety over the incident prevented him from re-entering his home.
Jarman was later arrested and faced up to 13 years in jail for his crimes. However, this sentence was lowered to 10 years after he pleaded guilty to all counts held against him.
He was sent to HM Prison Parc to serve his time, which is where he met Cleary, a prison officer employed to guard him during his time behind bars.
But instead, the pair struck up a romantic relationship which “gained momentum” in August 2017 – just one year after Cleary started her job at the prison.
The court heard how Cleary gave Jarman her telephone number and sent him several text messages on a phone that he kept hidden in his cell.
The duo’s secret was discovered shortly afterward. As a result of the incident, Jarman had a further six months added to his prison sentence, whilst Cleary admitted misconduct in a public office and was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence and 15 days of rehabilitation.
Judge Williams, who presided over the case, claimed that Cleary was “terribly compromised and vulnerable to being manipulated” as the ruling was read.
The incident has led for many to argue that female prison officers shouldn’t be permitted to work in all-male prisons to prevent this happening again in the future.