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Prison officer stabbed to death
Aaron Chapman
Aaron Chapman was stabbed 16 times
A womanising prison officer was murdered in a punishment attack, a court has heard.

Aaron Chapman, 23, was also said to supply drugs to inmates at High Down Prison, Surrey, the Old Bailey heard.

In December 2002, Mr Chapman called the emergency services to his home in Sutton, south London, saying he had been stabbed. He died the next day.

Mark Dorling from Crystal Palace, John Gordon, from Croydon, and James Pearson, from Kingswood, deny murder.

The prosecution alleges they were sent to his home "to teach him a lesson".

Rumours spread

David Williams QC told the court Mr Chapman had been suspended from this job after the deputy governor discovered him moonlighting as a club bouncer.

In the early days as an officer "rumours started to spread" about him.

It was said he was too close to a number of prisoners and had had an affair with at least one serving prisoner.

"There were whispers he might be involved in bringing in drugs or other contraband," he told the jury.

He had a series of relationships with women - many at the same time
David Williams QC

Mr Chapman had taken steroids and had told a number of people he had previously used and dealt in cocaine, the prosecution alleged.

Mr Williams said: "He had a series of relationships with women - many at the same time. He had a capacity for deception which made this successful."

On 10 December Mr Chapman called the emergency services to his home in Sutton, Surrey.

When they arrived he was alive and conscious but he had knife wounds to his head, face and body, the court heard.

Although he had an operation for a seven inch wound to his chest and heart, he died the following day.

The trial continues.




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