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Digital copy of Witness 38's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences during the time that he was under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Includes copies of Exhibits 1 and 2. [Some details redacted].
January 16th 2015 - January 16th 2015
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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years. Description of father leaving their mother upon learning of her pregnancy in 1968 and mother moving to Jersey to find work in the booming tourism industry. Born in Jersey in 1969. Institutions Includes references to their time at Haut de la Garenne, Brig-y-Don and Grouville School. First placed into care at Haut de la Garenne before the age of 2. Recollections of wards at the home referencing their time in Aviemore. Recollections of other children at Haut de la Garenne and staff mentioning Morag Kidd and Tony Jordan. Gives details of regular contact with mother whilst at Haut de la Garenne, including visits and day excursions with mother, aunt and cousin. Includes recollection of running away from Haut de la Garenne with other children on one occasion and subsequent reaction of staff. Recollections of attending Grouville School during first stay at Haut de la Garenne. Generally positive memories of school years in general through to A Levels. Description of moving Brig-y-Don for a short period between stays at Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of the property and nearby beach. Returned to Haut de la Garenne aged 8 or 9 due to mother having to care for his aunt. Fonder memories of this second period in comparison to their first stay at the home. Children’s Services No recollection of meetings with Child Care Officers or involvement from Children’s Services in general. Abuse and Consequences Descriptions of violence and physical abuse by staff at Haut de la Garenne, with particular reference to Morag Kidd. Recollections of injuries suffered including bruising and black eyes. Describes being forced by Morag Kidd to take cold baths, referencing possible sexual abuse. Compares life at Haut de la Garenne to that in a prison camp. No specific memory of detention cells, but aware of the existence of a detention area in the central building of the property. Gives details of witnessing repeated incidents of physical abuse by Morag Kidd towards a boy at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls physical abuse towards another boy by an unknown member of staff. Describes incident whereby their fell asleep during a day trip to the beach at Havre des Pas in 1976, expressing his suspicions in hindsight that he had been drugged by staff at Haut de la Garenne. Give details of an incident involving Mr Tilbrook that they later reported to the States of Jersey Police in 2008 [Exhibit 1, see below]. Recollections of sexual abuse by Tony Watton, referencing the news coverage surrounding Haut de la Garenne in 2008 as having the effect of evoking memories of abuse. Gives details of rumours that circulated during their childhood about individuals including Tony Watton and Jeff Le Marquand being suspected paedophiles. Descriptions of a group of men, including Tony Watton and alleged paedophiles, regularly visiting Haut de la Garenne unsupervised. Explains how they did not discuss or report the abuse they experienced at Haut de la Garenne to anyone, including other children, members of staff or his own mother. No recollections of witnessing sexual abuse against other children at the home. Describes impact of formative years in care on later life with respect to social life, personality, mental health, drug use and employment, discussing effects of abuse suffered and the separation from their mother. Events since leaving Care Gives details of moving into squats aged 18 and heavy drug use after leaving care. Started taking drugs at the age of 15. Description of personal circumstance at time of giving the witness statement, mentioning his 16-year-old son, running a successful business, health problems and occasional drug use. Recollections of watching news coverage about the police investigation into historic child abuse Haut de la Garenne in 2008 and subsequent decision to speak to police about their experiences in care [Exhibits 1 and 2, see below]. Describes meeting police on four occasions to give statements and evidence. Mentions entering the redress scheme. The statement finishes with the Witness’s reflection on their experiences in care. Seeks acknowledgement by the States of Jersey that alleged paedophiles such as Tony Watton visited Haut de la Garenne. Declares their cynicism about the Inquiry, questioning its intentions and whether it will result in any meaningful change to the childcare system in Jersey. Describes decision not to give evidence to the Inquiry orally or in person. For Exhibit 1 see C/D/AW1/B3/7/WS000381 and C/D/AW1/A3/12/WD005134/1. For Exhibit 2 see C/D/AW1/B3/7/WS000382 and C/D/AW1/A3/12/WD005134/2. For a copy of this witness statement with differing levels of redaction see C/D/AW1/B3/7/WS000383.
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