UPDATE: Former Medomsley Prison Officers Jailed
As three former Medomsley Prison Officers have been handed jail sentences, Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm continues to work with Detention Centre abuse victims.
The trio of former officers were this week jailed after a judge said their behaviour breached the public's trust.
All had subjected vulnerable teenagers to daily abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre during the 1970s and ‘80s, which had become the subject of a vast investigation by Durham Police that reportedly involved 1,800 witnesses.
Christopher Onslow, 73, was convicted of misconduct in a public office, plus individual acts of violence against youths. He was jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Teesside Crown Court.
John McGee, 75, was jailed for two years and 10 months following conviction for misconduct in a public office and assault.
Kevin Blakely, 67, was convicted after trial on two counts of misconduct in a public office and was jailed for two years and nine months.
A further two officers were also convicted following the three trials held, and they will be sentenced later this month.
“A Violent and Brutal Regime”
Judge Howard Crowson said pushing, shoving and even giving inmates a clip round the ear would not have constituted misconduct in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Judge Crowson said: "For many years, trainees from Medomsley Detention Centre shared a common sense of grievance. Many had experienced brutality at the hands of prison officers but nobody wanted to hear it.
"Those who had the courage to complain when they were released were either ignored or warned that to pursue the complaint would risk a return to Medomsley - nobody wanted to risk that."
"In those days any complaint was likely to be regarded as further evidence that the trainee was anti-social, that he had not learned his lesson and was complaining about appropriate treatment."
"These trials have vindicated the claims of the trainees from Medomsley Detention Centre who said that it hid a violent and brutal regime."
Help For The Victims
We at Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm have been among the leading North East firms reaching out to help the victims who suffered.
TBI’s specialist injury solicitors have already offered support to in excess of 60 former inmates. The compensation obtained for these gentleman “goes someway to acknowledging their horrendous ordeals”, says Gemma Tunney, of our Personal Injury department.
If you have been a victim of abuse, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Find out more here: Medomsley Detention Centre Abuse Claims
If you have been affected by abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre and wish to speak to a professional, please contact our personal injury solicitors in Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Wynyard or Barnard Castle.