MCKEAG & CO SOLICITORS
MEDOMSLEY DETENTION CENTRE ABUSE CLAIMS
McKeag & Co Solicitors have successfully secured compensation for a number of former inmates that were sexually, physically and mentally abused whilst detained in Medomsley Detention Centre between 1960’s and 1980’s.
ALL CASES ACCEPTED ON A 'NO WIN, NO FEE' BASIS
Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham
McKeag & Co Solicitors continue to support victims of Medomsley Detention Centre abuse.
Medomsley Detention Centre was a prison for young male offenders near Consett in Durham, from 1961 until the late 1980s. The aim of the centre was to provide a ‘short, sharp, shock’ treatment to young offenders aged between 17-21 years and was primarily designed to prevent them from being sent to a mainstream prison.
Allegations began to surface from former inmates who were subjected to sexual, physical and mental abuse from prison officers whilst they were detained in Medomsley.
McKeag & Co Solicitors have been pursuing claims for former inmates since 2013 when Durham Police launched an investigation into the abuse named ‘Operation Seabrook’.
There has been numerous cases settled for former inmates who were subjected to sexual abuse, but have continued to push to make progress for those subjected to physical abuse.
The Medomsley Steering Group, who represent over 1000 Claimants, have finally agreed a settlement scheme after many months of discussions with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The scheme will provide compensation to former inmates who were subjected to physical abuse whilst detained in Medomsley Detention Centre.
ALL CASES ACCEPTED ON A
'NO WIN, NO FEE' BASIS
WHAT DOES THE SCHEME OFFER?
The scheme provides for a tariff of compensation dependent on the length of the period of detention. There is also a provision in the scheme to compensate for a lasting physical and/or psychological injury, providing this can be supported by medical evidence.
To be eligible for the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria;
You must have suffered physical abuse committed by a member of staff who was employed at Medomsley Detention Centre during the period you were detained and who has received a criminal conviction in respect of such offences.
You must have independent evidence of your period of detention.
WHAT ABOUT PHYSICAL INJURIES?
Under the scheme, physical abuse is defined as ‘the direct application of unlawful force’, therefore those former inmates that were ordered by Officers to run the perimeter fence or being made to perform bunny hops will be excluded from the scheme.
The scheme will fall into three categories:
Category 1 – You were detained at Medomsley for three months or less and will receive a payment of compensation in the sum of £1750.00;
Category 2 – You were detained at Medomsley for more than three months and will receive a payment of compensation in the sum of £2500.00;
Category 3 – The Claimant has provided medical evidence to show that they sustained a lasting physical or psychological injury as a direct result of their treatment at Medomsley will receive a payment of compensation between £3000.00 and £5000.00.
For an injury to be accepted as a ‘lasting injury’ the injury must have persisted for a significant period of time beyond the period of detention and includes injuries such as, fractures, dislocations, scarring, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is necessary to have medical evidence to support the physical injury or psychiatric injury which has been suffered.
The length of the detention will take into account multiple periods of detention and will be based on the total length of sentence that a person served.
WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED SO FAR?
To date, five members of staff have received a criminal conviction.
Christopher Onslow - ‘Machine / Mean Machine’
John McGee - ‘Big John / Pigeon Man’
Brian Greenwell - ‘Puppet’
Kevin Blakely - ‘Broken Nose’
Alan Bramley - ‘Bong Eye’
COMPENSATION FOR FORMER AFFECTED INMATES
As a consequence of the convictions in the wake of Operation Seabrook, a steering group of solicitors - who represent the majority of the victims - were able to establish a compensation scheme with lawyers representing the Ministry of Justice.
This scheme has created a quick and easy route to enable former inmates to obtain a financial award as a form of redress for their suffering.
As is often the case, compensation settlement schemes are time-limited and once the deadline has passed, no further claims will be accepted under the scheme. Up until now, a cut-off date has not been agreed between the solicitor steering group and those representing the Ministry of Justice.
Patrick Rafferty, senior partner at McKeag and Co Solicitors of Newcastle and a member of the solicitor steering group, has recently been in discussions with solicitors from the government’s legal department.
It is his understanding that solicitors will be meeting with government representatives in the very near future and will thereafter have a meeting with the solicitor steering group in an attempt to agree a cut-off date.
Under the circumstance, it is strongly advised that any former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre take steps to immediately register a claim. Likewise, any former inmates of Kirklevington Detention Centre which is also a subject of an ongoing police investigation.
Mckeag and Co has already settled more than 100 claims for clients who suffered physical or sexual abuse during their time in Medomsley, as well as also lodging numerous claims on behalf of former inmates of Kirklevington.
You should not hesitate to contact Patrick Rafferty on 01912 131 010 for expert advice if you have been affected.