Prison officer and bikini model Tara Brooks in court over inmate affair


Dressed in a black and cream checked double breasted jacket and mini skirt, black stilettos, her dark hair drawn up in a tight bun and a silver cross around her neck and wearing no make-up, the 33-year-old pole dancer and aspiring actress arrived at court with two older supporters.

Ms Brooks is charged with one count of engage in relationship with inmate cause safety risk to correctional centre.

She was required to appear at Blacktown Local Court today where she was seeking to have the charge dropped on mental health grounds.

Brooks’ lawyers tendered references and copies of media articles about her to the court.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mohit Kumar told Magistrate Leanne Robinson he objected to the documents, saying they were not relevant to a mental health finding, and only to Ms Brooks’ “remorse and what she has found since” allegedly committing the offence.

“I think your honour would be tainting your judgment looking at the references,” he said.

He tendered the section of the NSW Crimes Act regarding the offence with which Ms Brooks is the first person to be charged.

Brooks has been on strict bail conditions since January not to go within 50m of the border fence of any prison in NSW.

Court documents seen by news.com.au allege that Ms Brooks “did engage in an intimate relationship with inmate Hassan Zreika at the Parklea Correctional Centre while performing duties as a correctional officer, causing a potential risk to the safety or security of the correctional centre”.

Sentenced drug supplier Zreika reportedly kept a photograph of Ms Brooks on the wall of his Parklea cell.

Zreika was last year jailed for two years and five months after pleading guilty to drug supply and possession charges dating back to November 2016.

The court documents allege Ms Brooks has made “full admissions” about the offence and that “physical items have been located” that support the prosecution case.

Bikini model and now ex-prison officer Tara Brooks has fronted court on a charge of having an intimate relationship with a jail inmate. Picture: Richard MamandoSource:Supplied

Parklea Prison sacked Tara Brooks in January.

Parklea Prison sacked Tara Brooks in January.Source:Facebook

Brooks met drug dealer Zreika when working in uniform.

Brooks met drug dealer Zreika when working in uniform.Source:Facebook

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She was excused from appearing in person last month after her lawyer Sean Talty said Mr Brooks would apply for a Section 32, or dismissal of the charge for mental health reasons.

Police alleged her relationship with Zreika “compromised her position as a correctional officer” and that she “consciously entered into a relationship with an inmate she was employed to guard” between December last year and February 13 this year.

Detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit began an investigation earlier this year after receiving reports Ms Brooks’ relationship with the 41-year-old prisoner at Parklea prison had become inappropriate.

A bikini model who featured in men’s magazine Maxim, Ms Brooks is alleged to have met Zreika while wearing the blue Corrective NSW uniform on duty at Parklea, in western Sydney.

Inside Parklea Correctional Centre where Tara Brooks allegedly struck up an inappropriate friendship with a convicted drug dealer.

Inside Parklea Correctional Centre where Tara Brooks allegedly struck up an inappropriate friendship with a convicted drug dealer.Source:Getty Images

It is alleged the drug inmate kept a photograph of Brooks on the wall of his Parklea jail cell. Picture: Richard Mamando.

It is alleged the drug inmate kept a photograph of Brooks on the wall of his Parklea jail cell. Picture: Richard Mamando.Source:Supplied

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Police alleged Ms Brooks tried to send Zreika a Valentine’s Day card under another name, but jail investigators traced the card back to a post office box registered in her name.

On the Maxim Cover Girl site, Ms Brooks is described as being a “very independent and strong-minded woman”.

Her Instagram account, which reportedly had 63,000 followers, was deleted following her arrest in February.

The GEO Group, which operates Parklea Correctional Centre, immediately fired Ms Brooks and inmate Zreika was transferred to another NSW prison.

The charge of engaging in a relationship with an inmate to cause a risk to the safety of a correctional centre is a newly legislated offence which was formerly dealt with internally by Corrective Services NSW.

candace.sutton@news.com.au



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