Prison officer commits suicide over affair
A prison officer has hanged herself after her criminal lover tried to blackmail her over their secret affair.
Karen Mulliner, 36, left her husband and set up home with 20-year-old Michael Grey after he was freed from the young offenders institute where she worked.
Mulliner had earlier tried to end their affair after Grey stole more than £6,300 from her bank account and threatened to tell her family about their relationship unless she paid him another £10,000.
Mulliner was left distraught when he posted pictures of himself on Facebook waving wads of £20 notes he had stolen from her.
Thomas Horder, prosecuting, told Bournemouth crown court that the couple met in 2007 while Grey was in Rochester Young Offenders’ Institute in Kent. They started a relationship after he was released and she had left the prison service.
Mulliner was found dead at her flat in Christchurch, Dorset. A bottle of vodka and a suicide note was found on a mirror nearby.
The note read: “I’m sorry, he’s destroyed me.”