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Carr is switched to `softer' prison.

Byline: By Andrew Barrow

Maxine Carr was transferred to a softer jail closer to her home town yesterday, after appearing in court on new charges.

Prison sources confirmed the ex-girlfriend of Soham killer Ian Huntley had moved from north London's Holloway prison to HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.

Former primary school assistant Carr, 27, is serving a three-year jail sentence for conspiring with Huntley to pervert the course of justice over the murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Carr, from Grimsby, appeared before Peterborough magistrates yesterday charged with dishonestly obtaining more than pounds 3,300 in benefits and making dishonest job applications.

The case was adjourned to Peterborough Crown Court on April 23. It is believed the transfer from Holloway was completed after yesterday's court appearance.

Foston Hall prison, between Derby and Uttoxeter, holds 235 women inmates.

It is a "closed" prison, but considered "softer" than Holloway.

Prison sources said the move was a progressive one, which would give an inmate better access to behaviour courses, education and work.

Two of the charges faced by Carr in court yesterday related to her role as a classroom assistant at St Andrew's Primary School in Soham, Cambridgeshire, where she befriended the murder victims two years ago. Carr was led into the glass-fronted dock in handcuffs and spoke only to confirm her name and address and indicate that she understood the charges against her.

She entered no pleas to any of the 20 charges. If convicted on all counts, she could face a maximum jail sentence of 10 years.

Marion Bastin, prosecuting, outlined the charges of fraud, including bogus claims for Income Support, Jobseekers' Allowance and housing benefit.

Carr also faces five charges of lying about GCSEs in job applications. All but one of the charges relate to the time when she was living with Huntley.

Huntley was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in December for murdering Holly and Jessica.

Carr was jailed for three years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice but cleared of assisting an offender.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2004
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