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Digital copy of Witness 48'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. [Some details redacted].
December 27th 2015 - December 27th 2015
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in Jersey in 1963, his parents and siblings. Institutions Recounts spending much of childhood in care, from temporary residency at Brig-y-Don around the age of two, to later time in care at the age of nine and transfer to Haut de la Garenne. Refers to confusion over length of time spent at Haut de la Garenne, citing disparities between records from his Children’s Services Client File and his own recollections of his time in care. Refers to notes and records from his Children’s Services Client File concerning his time in care. Describes note dated 24 October 1972 from Haut de la Garenne staff Jim Thomson and Colin Tilbrook concerning Witness 48 and his brother’s exclusion from school, behaviour, and suggested admittance into care; note dated 21 February 1973 confirming Witness 48’s admittance into care at Haut de la Garenne on 18 February 1973; notes regarding family members requesting Witness 48 and his brother be allowed to return home; and Social Services Records showing repeated visits home, contradicting Witness 48’s own memories [Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD000308]. Refers to incidents that took place whilst on visits home, return to parents’ care in 1974, and his lack of recollection of ever being at home after being admitted to Haut de la Garenne in 1972, permanently or on visits. Comments on doctor being called to treat other children at Haut de la Garenne, as opposed to the children being taken to hospital. Recalls education at St Martin’s School, St Helier Boys School, and transfer from Haut de la Garenne to Basil Lodge Hostel in 1978 at age of 15 or 16. Describes the atmosphere at Basil Lodge Hostel as strict. Reflects on gaining employment as a young adult, and spending time in the pub drinking in an attempt to put the abuse he suffered at Haut de la Garenne behind him. Recounts arrival at Haut de la Garenne following a Sunday drive with his father and grandfather, meeting Jim Thomson, and another member of staff Witness 48 would name as an abuser to the States of Jersey Police in 1980. Recalls being shown to a double room he would share with brother already resident at Haut de la Garenne. Describes location of room as being on the first floor of the building, on the right hand side as one would approach Haut de la Garenne from the road. Recalls brother leaving Haut de la Garenne after several weeks. Lists Jim Thomson as master of the section, and other staff such as Morag Jordan (nee Kidd). Comments on disparities between his recollections of time and staff at Haut de la Garenne and their Children’s Services records and records relating to Haut de la Garenne [Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/1]. Lists other residents at Haut de la Garenne, including a resident who also arrived at Haut de la Garenne in 1972 [Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/2]. Social Services Refers repeatedly to Mrs Ridley [presumed to be a Child Care Officer]. Recalls visits to Haut de la Garenne of Senior Child Care Officer Anton Skinner and a Mr Clarke thought to be involved in Children’s Services, and their meetings with Philip Bailhache. Abuse and Consequences Describes staff at Haut de la Garenne as cruel, referencing regular physical abuse, and sexual abuse beginning shortly after his brother left Haut de la Garenne. Recalls threats of physical abuse as a form of punishment, subsequent physical abuse and violence, and Morag Jordan physically abusing other children. Comments on neve being taken to hospital for treatment to injuries sustained due to physical and sexual abuse. Details sexual abuse by a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne who appeared to often work the night shifts, as well as by other staff, including instance of being woken by a member of staff, taken to the detention room, witnessing the sexual abuse of another resident by a member of staff, and being threatened with sexual abuse. Refers to regular threats of physical abuse by staff to prevent residents reporting abuse, and lists other children abused at Haut de la Garenne. Lists locations in which sexual abuse occurred at Haut de la Garenne, referencing the detention rooms, the boiler room, and a cellar accessed through a trapdoor. Describes features of the cellar such as chairs and a concrete bath. Details sexual abuse as also taking place in bunkers in the field beside Haut de la Garenne. Describes residents being lured to the bunker, under pretence of visiting Gorey, and being abused inside in the presence of multiple members of staff. Refers to incident in which he was burned, and belief he was drugged and abused in the boiler room. Refers to symptoms of abuse such as nightmares, and conference notes from Haut de la Garenne suggesting the nightmares were due to home visits Witness 48 does not recall instead. Recalls regular visits to Haut de la Garenne by a doctor and inability to report the abuse to them due to the presence of other members of staff from Haut de la Garenne. Refers to being visited by a psychologist whilst at St Martin’s School, but fearing reprisals of punishment or death should be report the abuse. Refers to visits to Haut de la Garenne by his father, but feeling unable to report the abuse to him. Recounts reporting abuse to Morag Jordan, and to the States of Jersey Police when regularly absconding from Haut de la Garenne. Comments that neither party acted to prevent further abuse. Recalls feeling as though he could not turn to anyone to prevent further abuse, and suspecting that even if he and other Haut de la Garenne residents reported the abuse nothing would be done. Events since leaving Care Recounts telling girlfriend 1980 about the abuse at Haut de la Garenne in 1980, and reporting the abuse to the States of Jersey Police on her advice. Recalls making statement to Geoff Diamond and Tony Freeman of the States of Jersey Police, their call to a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne named as an abuser by Witness 48 in his statement, and the member of staff’s denial regarding any abuse having taken place. Recalls being informed that his word against the member of staff’s was not enough to investigate the allegations further. Describes anger and distress at this news, and subsequent attempt to move on with life and put the abuse behind him. Mentions changing their name in 1991, and recalls hearing about the arrest of a man in relation to historic child abuse at Haut de la Garenne in 2007 or 2008. Mentions suspicions relating the identity of this man, and decision to give another statement to the States of Jersey Police. Details statement to Detective Michael Pick in March 2008 [Exhibit 4: see C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/3], referring to numbers and identifies of abusers, and poorer recollection of events compared to his 1980 statement. Refers to removal of Detective Pick from Witness 48’s case days later, and assignment of Joe Kelly and another officer. Recalls being informed of need to visit the Police Doctor as part of the investigation, then receiving a call informing him the appointment had been cancelled as Attorney General William Bailhache had decided not to prosecute the member of Haut de la Garenne staff named in 1980, citing such action as not being in the public interest. Refers to Joe Kelly’s suggestion Witness 48 obtain an appointment with Attorney General Bailhache in which the decision not to prosecute could be explained, and expresses anger at hearing of cancellation of this appointment too. Describes feeling as though attempts were being made to cover up the abuse as in 1980, and his attempts to obtain copies of statements from the Police, receiving a copy of his 2008 statement after speaking to F J ‘Bob’ Hill [Exhibit 5: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/4; Exhibit 6: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/5; and Exhibit 7: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/6]. Refers to letters and emails relating to his attempts to obtain copies of his statement to the States of Jersey Police in 1980 [Exhibit 8: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/7; Exhibit 9: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/8; Exhibit 10: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/9; Exhibit 11: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/10; and Exhibit 12: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/11]. Comments on involvement with the Jersey Care Leavers Association, and his lawyer Alan Collins obtaining by Lenny Harper regarding complaints against the member of Haut de la Garenne staff named by Witness 48 in his statement to the States of Jersey Police in 1980 [Exhibit 13: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003514/12]. Refers to statement from Attorney General Bailhache explaining why a prosecution had not been brought against the member of staff named by Witness 48 in his witness statement to the States of Jersey Police in 1980, and refutes the Attorney General’s timeline for when both Witness 48 and the named member of staff were at Haut de la Garenne [Exhibit 14: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003509]. Attaches reports from Dr Roger Kennedy dated 28 April 2014 [Exhibit 15: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003510], Jason Payne-James dated 9 June 2014 [Exhibit 16: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003511], the States of Jersey and Witness 48’s solicitor Alan Collins [Exhibit 17: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003512], and Professor A Maden [Exhibit 18: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD003513]. Comments on meeting with Professor Maden on 1 October 2012 concerning Witness 48’s application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Disputes information provided to Professor Maden by the States of Jersey about Witness 48’s time in care and life since leaving care, considering such information as incorrect and provided in order to affect the success of Witness 48’s application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Recalls requesting records from Health and Social Services Department, and receiving file on 11 September 2011 [Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A1/5/1/WD000308]. Concludes Social Services failed him and other children for employing the member of Haut de la Garenne staff named in 1980, and blames Social Services for allowing the member of Haut de la Garenne staff named in 1980 to remain involved in child care in Jersey despite citing evidence against this member of staff from nine others, and Lenny Harper’s favourable opinion regarding possible prosecution. Expresses anger at the named member of staff’s lack of prosecution and current involvement with children. Considers number of States of Jersey Police failures, referring to lack of investigation in 1980, losing or destroying the 1980 statement, and failing to arrest and charge the named member of staff in 2008. Claims he is being targeted by those trying to protect the named member of Haut de la Garenne staff and other individuals. Cites home being searched for documents, under the pretence of a drugs search. Refers to ongoing complaint regarding a search in May 2015. Mentions involvement in the financial redress scheme, and his preference for justice concerning the named member of staff over purely financial compensation.
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