Dates have now been scheduled for seven former officers at Medomsley Detention Centre to face trial for physically and sexually assaulting inmates during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Teesside Crown Court made an order that there will be three separate trials involving these men. The first trial will begin on 3 September 2018 and will involve charges against Mr Christopher Onslow. He is charged with two counts of buggery without consent, two counts of wounding, two counts of wounding with intent, three counts of assault and one of indecent assault. This trial is scheduled to last for 6 weeks.

The second trial will begin on 5 November 2018 and will relate to Mr Johnson Brian Greenwell, charged with buggery without consent, false imprisonment and two counts of assault;  Mr John McGee, charged with four counts of assault, two counts of indecent assault, buggery without consent and wounding; and Mr Neil Sowerby, charged with three counts of buggery without consent, two counts of assault and four counts of indecent assault. This trial is scheduled to last for 5 weeks.

The third trial will centre on the prosecution of Mr Kevin Blakey, charged with two counts of wounding and two of assault; Mr Alan Bramley, charged with wounding and two counts of assault; and Mr David McClure, charged with wounding and four counts of assault. This trial is due to begin on 28 January 2019 and is scheduled to last for 5 weeks.

All seven men also face charges of misconduct in public office.

Durham Police are still fielding a number of enquiries relating to physical and sexual assaults which took place at Medomsley. If you have been subjected to such assaults, call 101 and ask to speak to the Operation Seabrook team at Durham Police.

Jordans act for a significant number of clients who suffered sexual and physical abuse at the hands of former officers at Medomsley. If you have been affected by this and would like to speak in confidence to one of our expert abuse lawyers, please call us on 0800 9555 094.


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