Teacher suspended for filming prison sex-romp with Waddon murderer
A female prison teacher who filmed herself romping with her murderer pupil in jail has been suspended from her post.
Beverley Van de Velde recorded a 17-minute DVD sex-session with killer Richard Francis, who stabbed builder Bernard Tighe to death outside Broads Wine Bar in West Croydon in 2002.
Francis, now 29, from Waddon was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering Mr Tighe and wounding friend Thomas Smith during a New Year’s Day brawl.
Now, DVD footage has emerged which shows his 59-year-old teacher, clad in a leather corset and stockings, having sex with him in the staff room at Rye Hill Prison in Warwickshire. The video was found among hundreds of love letters written by Miss Van de Velde to Francis, in his cell.
The Manchester College employee had been teaching Francis media studies before entering a sexual relationship with him.
A spokesman for G4S, which runs the prison, said: “We can confirm that an individual employed as a teacher by one of the sub-contractors at HMP Rye Hill was escorted from the prison on November 3, 2010 due to inappropriate behaviour.
“She is being dealt with through the sub-contractor’s disciplinary procedures.
“The prisoner involved has been removed from association whilst we assess the risks associated with this incident.”
A Manchester College spokesman would only say a thorough investigation had been conducted and it “fully intended” to take disciplinary action.
Irishman Mr Tighe, 27, was stabbed with a dagger by Francis and kicked by his friend Robert Boswell as he lay semi-conscious outside the bar.
Boswell, from New Addington, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years for his part in the killing.
He was cleared on the judge’s directions of wounding with intent to cause GBH.
Mr Tighe died at Mayday Hospital hours after the stabbing.
A police search uncovered a dagger hidden in a vacuum cleaner at Boswell’s home in Headley Drive.
Judge Richard Hawkings, sentencing, told Francis: “You stabbed him simply because he was there.
He told Boswell: “It was your anger that began this whole matter.”
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