Medomsley Detention Centre vic...

Medomsley Detention Centre victims of abuse

Posted : 13th March 2019

A large scale investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse against detainees at Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham has moved a step closer to closure today with the criminal conviction of another of the centre’s senior staff. The investigation, named ‘Operation Seabrook’ was launched in August 2013 by Durham County Police and is now the biggest investigation of its kind in the country.

Alistair Smith of Watson Woodhouse Solicitors has been at the forefront of a steering group bringing solicitors firms and claimants together to pursue Civil claims against the Ministry of Justice for physical and sexual assaults of several former prison officers.

Previous trials in 2003 and 2005 led to the conviction and imprisonment of Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson, former members of staff, who have since died. Now in three separate trials, there have been further convictions as a consequence of the brutal regime of Medomsley Detention Centre. Five of the former prison officers, Onslow, McGee, Greenwell, Bramley and Blakely now await sentencing.

How we can help
Here at Watson Woodhouse Solicitors, we have a leading Civil Litigation team who want to help victims of this abuse seek justice. We understand the issues and trauma that survivors have had to deal with and so we aim to ensure the process runs as stress free and smoothly as possible. We deal with all enquiries in a sensitive and confidential manner, with both male and female solicitors available to provide advice and assistance on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

Alistair Smith is one of our Civil Litigation Solicitors who is vastly experienced in both present and historic abuse cases and is leading the fight for justice for the Medomsley Detention Centre victims where he is heading a group of solicitors and attempting to negotiate settlements of all the claims with the Government.

Alistair has also had recent success with the Court of Appeal case of JT -v- First Tier Tribunal, where the ‘same roof rule’ was overturned and JT and many other victims of similar abuse, are now able to claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation.

Alistair Smith is a Senior Solicitor who specializes in historic abuse cases. He has an excellent track record of achieving results and because of his experience, is able to provide a personal service tailored to the needs of the individual clients case.

With Medomsely Detention Centre and other historic abuse cases, Watson Woodhouse Solicitors offer a no obligation, free initial consultation with flexible appointments to suit your needs. Watson Woodhouse Solicitors will not deduct any success fee from your award, to ensure successful claimants retain 100% of their damages awarded.

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