Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors Offer Support To Medomsley Abuse Victims
- AuthorNathalie Clayton
Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm's specialist solicitors across Teesside have been helping victims that have suffered at both Medomsley Detention Centre and at Kirklevington Detention Centre.
Five former officers were recently convicted of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham following one of the UK's biggest investigations of its kind. TBI is now already offering support to in excess of 60 former inmates who suffered.
"No amount of money will ever make up for what these men went through and how the abuse has affected their lives", says TBI legal specialist Gemma Tunney. "However, the compensation obtained for these gentleman goes someway to acknowledging their horrendous ordeals. For many, there was a sense of fear of not being believed. However, at TBI the victims were content, knowing that we were on their side."
If you have been a victim of abuse we're currently helping a number of former inmates that have suffered. Find out more here: Medomsley Detention Centre Abuse Claims
The seven officers tried for abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre
The third Medomsley criminal trial ended last week. Here is a closer look at the officers that faced charges.
Christopher Onslow, aged 72, known to inmates as the ‘Machine’. He was responsible for the physical training at the centre between 1975 and 1985. At the trial, he was found guilty of misconduct in a public office between 1975 -1980 and 1981-1985, three counts of actual bodily harm and wounding with intent. He has launched an appeal against his convictions for misconduct in a public office and he was cleared of all charges of indecent assault and buggery.
John McGee, aged 74, was an officer at Medomsley from 1975-1982. The inmates knew him as ‘Big John’. He was convicted of misconduct in a public office, a conviction that he is seeking to appeal, as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was cleared of the charges of indecent assault, buggery and unlawful wounding.
Brian Johnson Greenwell, aged 71, nicknamed ‘Puppet’. He was convicted of misconduct in a public office but cleared of the charges of buggery, false imprisonment and actual bodily harm. He worked at Medomsley from 1973 until 1988.
Kevin Blakely, aged 67, worked at the centre from 1974 until 1983 and was known as ‘Broken Nose’. He was convicted of misconduct in a public office but cleared of actual bodily harm and unlawful wounding.
Alan Bramley, aged 70, known as ‘Bong Eye’ was convicted of misconduct in a public office but cleared of actual bodily harm and unlawful wounding. He worked at the centre from 1973-1977.
All five are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Neil Sowerby, aged 61, and David McClure, aged 63, known as ‘Cool Cat’, were cleared of all charges against them, which included misconduct in a public office, sexual and assault charges.
If you have been affected by abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre and wish to speak to a professional, please contact our personal injury solicitors. We are already assisting in excess of 60 former inmates that were detained.