A woman working at HMP Belmarsh has been arrested after allegedly kissing killer Jordan McSweeney. 

The 32-year-old staff member at the prison in Woolwich is being investigated after allegations that she had a romantic relationship with McSweeney. 

McSweeney, 29, is serving a life sentence for murdering, sexually assaulting and robbing 35-year-old Zara Aleena as she walked home from a bar in Ilford in June 2021. 

Metropolitan Police said they received an allegation on April 6 relating to an allegation of inappropriate conduct involving a serving member of staff at the prison. 

Officers arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of misconduct in public office. She was then bailed until late July pending further enquiries. 

The matter is being investigated by detectives from Met Operations and inquiries are ongoing. 

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told The Sun an investigation is underway and said there is zero tolerance of inappropriate relationships. 

News Shopper: Zara Aleena was murdered as she walked home from a barZara Aleena was murdered as she walked home from a bar (Image: Metropolitan Police)

McSweeney, from Dagenham, was sentenced on December 14 at the Old Bailey where the court heard  that he attacked Zara Aleena for nine minutes. 

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow KC said: “Despite being only yards from a public street and from residential properties, the defendant attacked Zara Aleena with a savagery that is almost impossible to believe. 

He repeatedly kicked and stamped on her head and body, he tore some of her clothes from her body in order that he could sexually assault her, and then he attacked her again, kicking and stamping on her face and neck, and returning several times to continue the brutal violence. 

“Finally, once satisfied that she would no longer be able to report him for what he had done, he walked away, taking her mobile telephone with him which he threw over a garden wall, thus ensuring that neither she nor anyone else who might find her could use the phone to call for help. 

“He walked back to the caravan where he was living and the following morning, having hidden the bloodstained clothes and shoes he had been wearing during the attack, was seen laughing and joking with his friends; seemingly without any concern for what he had done or for the fate he had forced upon Zara Aleena.”