Jail affair blackmail man acquitted

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A FORMER prisoner is celebrating after a jury cleared him of blackmailing a woman officer at a Doncaster jail.

Doncaster Crown Court jurors took less than an hour to find Michael Fieldhouse not guilty of blackmail and conspiracy to supply drugs to another inmate at HMP Lindholme.

Mr Fieldhouse, aged 34, of Derwent Crescent, Barnsley, denied the allegations. He claimed they were made up by Rachael Klein when she was in trouble for her inappropriate relationship with prisoner Steven Chapman. Mr Fieldhouse was in Lindholme at the same time and the prosecution claimed he used love letters to threaten Klein with exposure unless she smuggled cannabis and heroin substitute into the jail for him.

The jury accepted that he made no attempt to threaten Klein.

Klein, aged 29, of Stripe Road, Rossington, and Chapman, aged 27, who is in jail, will be sentenced this month. She admits misconduct in public office and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs.