A prison guard found guilty of charges related to her involvement in a crime ring operating out of an Australian prison is pushing to take her six-month-old son to jail with her.
Sarah Dawn Rudd, 26, of Alice Springs in Central Australia, pleaded guilty to a dozen charges while she worked as a guard at Berrimah jail in Darwin, the Daily Mail reports.
Charges involved a corrupt ring of prison inmates, a police officer, outlaw motorcycle gangs, the supply of drugs and her partner, 45-year-old firefighter Anthony Butt.
Northern Territory Supreme Court Justice Jenny Blokland asked correctional services whether Rudd’s breastfed child can live with her at the new correctional correctional center, which is under construction in rural Darwin.
Rudd breastfed her baby while she faced trial last week, NT News reports.
“The new jail will support the provision of services to young children,” Crown prosecutor David Morters told the court.
Jon Tippett QC, her lawyer, is fighting for her to be jailed in Alice Springs if she has to spend time in prison.
But he said home detention was preferable because Rudd’s former occupation made it hard for her in her two months of remand.
Rudd was arrested with ecstasy and the drug ice in her underwear during a drug deal at Le Cornu, Winnellie. She also passed messages between prisoners in Berrimah jail and told a woman how to smuggle cannabis past patrolling dogs into prison.
The case will continue next month.