Former Eastwood Park Detention Centre officer sentenced to imprisonment


September 18, 2023 | By Caroline Chandler |

September 18, 2023 | By Caroline Chandler |

Former Eastwood Park Detention Centre Officer, Patrick Devaney was sentenced on Friday (15 September ) at Bristol Crown Court to three and a half years imprisonment. 

Devaney, 81, was convicted of misconduct in a public office in March 2023, after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Friday’s sentencing was welcome news to the many victims that he repeatedly assaulted in the 70’s and 80’s, when he worked as a prison guard at the boys’ juvenile detention centre.

Many of his victims, some of which were as young as 14 at the time, were in court to see him sentenced and to read their victim impact statements.

Sentencing had been delayed due to Devaney’s failure to attend his previous sentencing hearing on 11 August, due to poor health.

The Judge, HHJ Burgess said in his sentencing of Devaney: “You were a cruel man who took sadistic pleasure in routinely abusing children you were responsible for. All your victims were severely adversely affected by your behaviour and each bears the emotional scars of what you did. You are not prepared to give the victims the respect they deserve and are entitled to. You have not acknowledged they have told the truth. You have not expressed remorse. The way you assaulted children included a strong element of psychological taunting and torture.”

It is anticipated that a compensation scheme will be established by the Ministry of Justice to compensate those boys who were abused by Devaney, and potentially other officers, at Eastwood Park. The compensation scheme should not be delayed as a result of the sentence hearing being postponed.

Our specialist Child Abuse Team has extensive experience of seeking and obtaining compensation for those who were abused at detention centres. If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a claim in relation to your treatment at Eastwood Park or any other detention centre, please contact Caroline Chandler.  Please call us on 0800 1384 700 or contact us via the website

Caroline Chandler

Caroline is a solicitor within our Child Abuse Compensation team and is based at our Wakefield office. She has worked with survivors of abuse since 2002. She has developed a particular expertise in Child Abuse claims against institutions such as the church, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Caroline's profile

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