Digital copy of Witness 48's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police [presumed in relation to Operation Rectangle] 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, in the presence of Detective Michael Pick. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 48's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 27 December 2015 [C/D/AW1/B3/8/WS000406].

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Background and Home Life Refers to current unemployment and change of name. Institutions Recalls placement at Haut de la Garenne from age of 11 by Children's Services, and temporary residence of brother at Haut de la Garenne. Details age range of children at Haut de la Garenne, and the separation of boys and girls. Recounts day to day life at Haut de la Garenne, referencing breakfast, time at school (including St Martin’s School), lunch, arrival of the night staff, and treatment in in detention. Lists other staff including Superintendent Jim Thomson and Morag Jordan (née Kidd). Describes aspects of Haut de la Garenne, such as room shared with brother, dormitories, detention rooms and boiler room. Recounts transfer to Basil Lodge after six to eight months at Haut de la Garenne, visits by Anton Skinner, and refusal to return to Haut de la Garenne. Social Services Refers to Senior Child Care Officer Anton Skinner’s visits to Haut de la Garenne and Basil Lodge Hostel, and a Mr Clarke from Children’s Services. Abuse and Consequences Recounts being emotionally, physically and sexually abused by staff at Haut de la Garenne, and being treated by a doctor at Haut de la Garenne for injuries sustained from physical and sexual abuse. Describes repeated sexual abuse by staff at Haut de la Garenne lasting over six to eight months, listing Jim Thomson amongst abusers. Recalls sexual abuse taking place in detention rooms, the boiler room, and a bunker near Haut de la Garenne, regularly in the presence of multiple members of staff. Mentions parents being prevented from visiting him whilst he recovered from instances of sexual and physical abuse, and feeling unable to report abuse to parents on other visits due to presence of Haut de la Garenne staff. Describes short and long term effects of abuse, such as nightmares and insomnia, as well as scars on his body as a result of physical abuse. Refers to effects of abuse on other residents abused at Haut de la Garenne, with some committing suicide and others being unwilling to talk about their experiences. Recounts conversations with other residents confirming multiple cases of abuse. Refers to suspicions Anton Skinner was aware that abuse was taking place at Haut de la Garenne. Events since leaving Care Describes previous dependency on alcohol, attending counselling, and divorcing from first wife as a result of his experiences at Haut de la Garenne. Details informing others of the abuse after reporting the abuse to the States of Jersey Police in 1980, and expresses his anger at staff at Haut de la Garenne remaining employed by the States of Jersey thirty years after he first making a statement to Tony Freeman and Jeff Diamonds [Geoff Diamond] of the States of Jersey Police relating to his experiences of physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to confrontation with a former member of staff at Haut de la Garenne, first reported to the States of Jersey Police for abuse in 1980. Refers to concerns for the emotional after care of those reporting abuse to the States of Jersey Police, and expresses his willingness to give evidence in court, despite fear of reprisals against his family.


Basil Lodge Hostel
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Social Services
St Martin's School
Clarke, Mr
Diamond, Geoff
Freeman, Tony
Jordan, Morag Louise, née Kidd
Pick, Michael, Civilian Investigator
Skinner, Anton
Thomson, Jim


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