3rd March 2020

Former Medomsley Detention Centre Officer John McGee was convicted at Teesside Crown Court in December 2018 of misconduct in public office.

John McGee’s son also called John McGee was a serving Prison Officer at HMP Frankland in Durham when he sent an email to Durham Prison Governor Phil Husband requesting the Governor speak to a witness giving evidence against Mr McGee Senior who was working at Durham Prison at the time.  The witness who was a Prison Officer at HMP Durham gave evidence about seeing young inmates being assaulted.

John McGee Junior requesting the Governor have a “quiet word” with the Prison Officer witness.  McGee Junior told the Governor that “if I had my way he would be dealt with if you know what I mean”.

The Governor reported McGee Junior’s comments to the Police.  McGee Junior was arrested and prosecuted for perverting the course of justice.

McGee Junior was found guilty of the perverting the course of justice offence at Durham Crown Court and is due to be sentenced in March 2020.  The Court heard McGee Junior will lose his job in the Prison Service in which he has served for 20 years.

The Prosecutor told the Court that McGee Junior’s view was that it was wrong for a Prison Officer to take the side of ex-inmates in a trial of ex-Officers.  It is hoped that this is not evidence of any widespread culture amongst Prison Officers seeking to cover up abuse of Prison inmates.