Northamptonshire prison officer handed three year sentence for selling stories about James Bulger killer

Police handout photo dated 20/02/93 of James Bulger killer Jon Venables, who was recalled to prison on. A psychiatric assessment of James Bulger killer Jon Venables compiled prior to his release said he posed only a "trivial" risk to the public, it was reported. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 10, 2010. See PA story PRISONS Venables. Photo credit should read: PA Wire/PA Wire
Police handout photo dated 20/02/93 of James Bulger killer Jon Venables, who was recalled to prison on. A psychiatric assessment of James Bulger killer Jon Venables compiled prior to his release said he posed only a "trivial" risk to the public, it was reported. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 10, 2010. See PA story PRISONS Venables. Photo credit should read: PA Wire/PA Wire

A prison officer from Northamptonshire has been jailed for three-and-a-half years and his ex-partner for 13 weeks, after they were both convicted of selling stories about one of the killers of James Bulger to national newspapers.

Scott Chapman, 42, of Seaton Crescent, Corby, was accused of selling information to journalists about Jon Venables on about 39 occasions.

He was aided and abetted by his former partner, Lynn Gaffney, 40, of Belvoir Close, Corby, who ensured the money received went through her bank account.

For this effort she received a cut of the money knowing that what she and Chapman were doing was illegal.

Over a period of two years a total of £40,000 was paid into Lynn Gaffney’s bank account on behalf of Scott Chapman.

A journalist from the News of the World, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been given a six month suspended prison sentence for paying for the information.

Speaking after the verdicts were announced earlier this year, Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Briggs, said: “Scott Chapman abused his position of trust as a prison officer to sell confidential information to journalists for private gain. He received in the region of £40,000 for these stories.

“Lynn Gaffney aided and abetted Chapman by acting as a conduit to accept payments from the journalist on his behalf in an attempt to cover their tracks.

“They were motivated primarily by financial gain; the journalists exploited that to their own advantage without lawful justification.”