Jeffrey Epstein prison guards to face trial next year

Two prison officers who were tasked with guarding the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died in his cell are to face trial on 20 April.

Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have pleaded not guilty to lying on jail records to make it seem they had made required checks on the financier before his body was found on 10 August.

New York City’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York a suicide.

Noel and Thomas – who have reportedly turned down the offer of a plea bargain – are suspected of failing to carry out checks on the convicted sex offender and falsely recorded that they had.

Court papers allege the pair appeared to sleep for two hours, looked at the internet and failed to make required checks of cells every 30 minutes in an eight-hour period when Epstein’s cell went unchecked.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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