17th January 2018

Seven former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham appeared at Teesside Crown Court on 16 January 2018.

All the former prison officers are charged with misconduct in a public office and physical abuse with some officers also charged with sex offences.

None of the Defendants entered pleas at Court. A further hearing is listed in June 2018 when it is anticipated pleas will be entered.

Judge Crowson did, however, set a Trial date of 3 September 2018. It is expected a trial will last several months.

The Defendants were all released on unconditional bail.

The Defendants are:

  • Kevin Blakey, 65, charged with two counts of misconduct, two counts of wounding and two of assault.
  • Alan Bramley, 69, charged with misconduct, wounding and two counts of assault.
  • Johnson Brian Greenwell, 70, charged with misconduct, false imprisonment, two counts of assault and a further count of committing a serious sexual offence.
  • David McClure, 62, charged with misconduct, wounding and four counts of assault.
  • John McGee, 73, charged with misconduct, four counts of assault, two counts of indecent assault, wounding and a further count of committing a serious sexual offence.
  • Christopher Onslow, 71, charged with two counts of misconduct, two of buggery without consent, two counts of wounding, two counts of wounding with intent, three counts of assault and one of indecent assault.
  • Neil Sowerby, 60, charged with misconduct, two counts of assault, four counts of indecent assault and three counts of committing a serious sexual offence.

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 the 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 0345 60 60 365 to make a criminal complaint and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.
  2. Contact a solicitor specialising in the field of child abuse to discuss whether you are able to pursue a claim. There is no need to wait until the outcome of the criminal investigation before getting some advice.

If you wish to discuss a new enquiry please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0191 516 0466 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk

Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Solicitor