Corrupt Clerkenwell prison officer ‘made up to £1k’ each time she smuggled contraband

Sentenced: Safak Bozkurt. Picture: Met Police

Sentenced: Safak Bozkurt. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

A corrupt former prison officer from Clerkenwell has been sentenced after she was caught smuggling 117 grams of cannabis and four phones into a young offenders’ institution.

Safak Bozkurt, 28, of Skinner Street, hid the contraband in her bra on July 12 last year. She was arrested after being search at the institution, in Thamesmead.

Bozkurt admitted “she simply saw it as an opportunity to make extra money”, the Met said. She had been smuggling goods for several months and would make up to £1,000 on each occasion from an inmate at the prison.

She appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, having admitted two charges of smuggling contraband in January. Bozkurt was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 300 hours of community work.

Det Cons Scott Pavitt, who investigated the case, said: “This case clearly illustrates the danger that organised criminals present to prison officers who are tempted by financial gain. It is a clear example of a prison officer succumbing to manipulation by an inmate.”