4th April 2019

Three former prison officers have received prison sentences after being found guilty of physically abusing inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre.

Christopher Onslow who was found guilty of five counts of physical abuse and two counts of misconduct in a public office received an eight and a half year prison sentence.

John McGee who was found guilty of one count of physical abuse and one count of misconduct in a public office received a two year and ten month prison sentence.

Kevin Blakely who was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office received a two year and nine month prison sentence.

At Ben Hoare Bell we represent a large number of former Medomsley inmates in respect of compensation claims both to the Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority arising from abuse suffered.

If you are a former inmate of Medomsley Detention Centre our initial advice is to:

  1. Contact Durham Constabulary as soon as possible on 0191 3752381 or via email at operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk to make a criminal complaint and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation. The ongoing investigation, Operation Seabrook, was launched in August 2013 and so far, more than 1,620 former detainees have contacted Operation Seabrook to report allegations of abuse whilst detained at Medomsley Detention Centre.
  2. Contact one of our specialist solicitors Andrew Freckleton or Richard Hardy on 0191 565 3112 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk to discuss whether you are entitled to compensation for the abuse suffered.