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Claims Against Medomsley Deten...

Claims Against Medomsley Detention Centre

What is Medomsley Detention Centre?

Medomsley was a detention centre based in Consett, County Durham which housed young men between 16 and 20 years old. The facility was designed to provide a ‘short, sharp, shock’ treatment to young offenders to prevent them being sent to prison.

What is Operation Seabrook?

In August 2013, Durham Constabulary launched a criminal investigation into claims of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by staff against inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre. Named Operation Seabrook the investigation delved into incidents mainly occurring across the 1780’s and 80’s before closing in 1988. To date 1,793 men have come forward to police reporting allegations of physical and sexual abuse during their stay at Medomsley. The investigation is now one of the UK’s largest of its kind.

Involving a team of 70 detectives, Operation Seabrook interviewed 32 former wardens ahead of seven individuals facing court in a series of three trials set to take place at Teesside Crown Court. Trials concluded with five out of the seven convicted, three of which received sentences. 

Officers Convicted:

In charge of physical training between 1975 and 85, the court found Christopher Onslow guilty of the following:

  •         Three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH)
  •         One count of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH)
  •         One count of wounding with intent to cause GBH
  •         Two counts of misconduct in a public office

Onslow received a sentence of 8 and a half years and has submitted an appeal against his conviction.

Working at Medomsley from 1975 until 82, John McGee was found guilty of the following at Teesside Crown Court:

  •         One count of assault occasioning ABH
  •         One count of misconduct in a public office

Onslow received a sentence of 8 and a half years. He has also submitted an appeal against his conviction.

John McGee worked at Medomsley from 1975 until 1982. Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of the following:

  •         One count of assault occasioning ABH
  •         One count of misconduct in a public office

McGee received a sentence of 2 years and 10 months and launched an appeal against his conviction.

Posted to the Detention Centre in 1974 and working there until 1983, Kevin Blakely was also convicted. Found guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office, Blakely received a sentence of 2 years and 9 months.

Yet to be sentenced, two other officers on trial were found guilty of one count of misconduct in a public office. Brian Greenwell and Alan Bramley are yet to be sentenced.

The court cleared Neil Sowerby and David McClure of all charges.

Neil Sowerby and David McClure were cleared by the court of all charges.


Let Watson Woodhouse Help

At Watson Woodhouse Solicitors we have a leading Civil Litigation team, passionate about helping victims of Medomsley seek justice. Expert Alistair Smith has been heavily involved with cases linked to the Detention Centre and is available to help and advise accordingly.

Abuse cases are traumatic and we understand there’s a lot for victims and survivors to deal with. Dealing with the process sensitively, we aim to minimise any stress with straightforward and smooth measures. All enquiries are dealt with considerately through both male and female solicitors. Assistance is provided on a ‘no win no fee basis

Why use a solicitor?

  • Abuse cases including those occurring at Medomsley are complex and require the proficiency a solicitor will bring to a case. 
  • Working with a solicitor means victims have the choice to be present in court. 
  • A solicitor communicates with all parties involved on behalf of the victim.
  • Solicitors ensure full confidentiality of every case.

Why Watson Woodhouse?

  • Consultations are free of charge, available at a time suitable for you and fully without obligation.
  • We’re specialists in this area with vast amounts of experience in successful claims for abuse victims.
  • Your case is dealt with the full amount of sensitivity it deserves and is completely confidential.
  • If successful in application we ensure you retain 100% of the damages awarded by deducting nothing from an award. 
  • We will not deduct any success fee from your award, to ensure  you retain 100% of your damages awarded. 

 

 

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