The trial of seven former officers at Medomsley Detention Centre was today scheduled to begin on 3rd September 2018.
Crown Prosecutor, Jamie Hill QC, told the Teesside Crown Court that the trial was expected to take between 12 and 14 weeks. Mr Hill estimated that there will be approximately 15,000 pages of material linked to the case and that 235 witnesses will be called. It is likely that the indictment will contain charges relating to assaults against 70 individual men, who were inmates at the detention centre in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Hill told the court that ,”…the way the indictment is drafted, and there are 49 counts for these seven defendants, there are individual charges highlighting the most serious allegations against them and a small handful of common complaints.
“It is conceded this is a large case . . . [but] this is a huge distillation of the case. This case will have evidence from roughly 70 of the 1,400-plus complainants.
“Our current time estimate for these seven is approximately 12 to 14 weeks, taking into account prosecution evidence, defence evidence, speeches and summing up.”
The men – Kevin Blakey, Alan Bramley, Johnson Brian Greenwell, David McClure, John McGee, Christopher Onslow and Neil Sowerby all face charges of misconduct in public office and physical assault. Four of the men – Greenwell, McGee, Onslow and Sowerby – also face charges relating to serious sexual assaults of inmates at the detention centre.
It is expected that there may be further trials of other officers once further evidence has been considered.
Jordans act for a number of men who make allegations of physical and sexual assault at Medomsley Detention Centre. If you have been affected by this, please call us on 0800 0955 094 and speak to one of our specialist child abuse lawyers in confidence.