Comments

Digital copy of Exhibit 1: Evidence given by Witness 74 to the States of Jersey Police in 2008 providing an account of his experiences during the time that he was at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 74's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 5 August 2014 [C/D/AW1/B3/13/WS000013].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/A1/10/WD000092/1

Date

April 22nd 2008 - August 15th 2008

Scope and Content

Includes two witness statements given to the States of Jersey Police dated 22 April 2008 and transcripts of three interviews dated 5 August 2008. 1. Witness 74's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 22 April 2008 signed in the presence of Detective Constable [Dave] Robinson. Prepared by Robinson from an audio tape and notes of interview with Witness 74 on the 21 April 2008 in the presence Detective Constable [Corrine] Cameron. Gives details of background and early years. Born in 1961. First admitted to Haut de la Garenne in 1970 aged 9 due to mother suffering a nervous breakdown. Describes being told by Children's Officer Mrs [Patricia] Thornton and staff at Haut de la Garenne that his misbehaviour was the cause of his admission. Includes descriptions of the property at Haut de la Garenne, with particular reference to B Group where he spent most of his time whilst in residence. Mentions dining area, play area, lounge area with a trap door, bathroom, dormitories and cellars. Refers to rumours that circulated during his time in residence with respect to the cellars. Recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne including Morag Kidd and [Gordon] Wateridge. Descriptions of physical abuse and emotional abuse by [Gordon] Wateridge from the age of 11. Describes Wateridge as a bully who would regularly engage in physical abuse towards children in residence. Gives details of the proximity of Wateridge's flat at Haut de la Garenne to the girls' dormitory. Describes incident whereby Wateridge punished Witness 74 for trespassing in the girls' dormitory by physically dragging him in a [detention] cell for three days. Gives details of two detention cells in Aviemore at Haut de la Garenne, referring to usage by staff as punishment areas despite intended use as holding areas for children being sent to detention centres in the United Kingdom. Descriptions of neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse by staff whilst in the detention cells, mentioning Wateridge. Recollections of regular verbal abuse by Wateridge towards children. Descriptions of physical and emotional abuse by Morag Kidd. Describes Kidd as strict, referring to her tendency to humiliate and inflict emotional abuse on children in front of others. Recollections of making roughly three complaints about mistreatment and abuse suffered aged 11 or 12 whilst at Haut de la Garenne, but these subsequently being dismissed and ignored. Witness 74 states he did not witness any sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Descriptions of sexual abuse by [Tony Watton], the owner of [Studio 18], a framing shop in Beresford Street. Includes description of the property on Beresford Street. Gives details of [Watton’s] physical apperance and seeing him at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being taken to see [Watton] at the framing shop whilst truanting from St Helier Boys' School. Details of sexual abuse by [Watton] from the age of 12 or 13 until aged 15, and [Watton] giving Witness 74 money. Left Haut de la Garenne aged 15 and left Jersey aged 16. Returned to the island in his late teens. Reflects on time in care at Haut de la Garenne, referring to a lack of emotion or care shown by the majority of staff at the home and Children's Services mentioning Wateridge and Thornton. Comments on the impact of abuse on later life with respect to difficulties forming relationships, alcoholism and drug use. 2. Witness 74's second witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 22 April 2008 signed in the presence of Detective Constable Robinson. Prepared by Robinson from an audio tape and notes of interview with Witness 74 on the 21 April 2008 in the presence Detective Constable [Corrine] Cameron. Clarifies statements made concerning individuals in his first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police earlier that day [see above]. 3. Transcript of first tape recorded interview with Witness 74 in the presence of Civilian Investigators Graeme Ogilvie and John Packer of the States of Jersey Police on 15 August 2008 at 09:05 hours. Starts with an overview of the background and experience of Ogilvie and Packer with respect to interviewing witnesses and victims of sexual abuse. Ogilvie gives context for the interview, referencing the States of Jersey Police's investigation into Historic Institutional Child Abuse. Refers to statement Witness 74 gave previously to Dave Robinson and Corrine Cameron. Witness 74 gives details about admission to Haut de la Garenne aged 9, referring to placement in B Group. Mentions Morag Kidd, including a description of her physical appearance, personality traits and attitude towards children. Recollections of Kidd humiliating and belittling individuals, including Witness 74 himself, in front of other children, describing her as a bully who singled out individuals for verbal and emotional abuse. Descriptions of physical abuse by Kidd. Gives details of experiences in the seniors group at Haut de la Garenne from age of 11, including information about numbers of staff and children in residence. Includes details of the property in B Group mentioning the room layout. 4. Transcript of second tape recorded interview with Witness 74 in the presence of Civilian Investigators Graeme Ogilvie and John Packer of the States of Jersey Police on 15 August 2008 at 09:56 hours [GO/11]. Interview recommences with description of an incident involving physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect by Morag Kidd. Gives further details about the layout of the B Group property, with particular reference to the dining room area. Recollections of Kidd, including descriptions of her Scottish accent, physical appearance, distinguishing features and clothing. Discusses dress code of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Descriptions of witnessing physical abuse by Kidd towards girls at the home. Discusses impact of abuse on later life, particularly psychological impact. Description of sustained abuse by Kidd over a period of 4 or 5 years. Recollections of Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne, including a description of his physical appearance and reporting incidents of abuse to him. Mentions having a childcare worker. Details of living arrangements of staff including the Superintendent and Kidd. Includes details about further incidents of physical abuse by Kidd. Includes description of a male member of staff assigned at B Group. Recollections of moving between B Group and the seniors group at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning changes to the structure of the home during time in residence. Discusses detention cells at Haut de la Garenne, including descriptions of the rooms, facilities therein and estimate of size. Mentions Mr [Gordon] Wateridge. 5. Transcript of third tape recorded interview with Witness 74 in the presence of Civilian Investigators Graeme Ogilvie and John Packer of the States of Jersey Police on 15 August 2008 at 10:40 hours [GO/12]. Interview recommences with description of detention cells at Haut de la Garenne. Recollections of emotional abuse by [Gordon] Wateridge. Recollections of Tony [Watton], mentioning his ownership of an art gallery [Studio 18] in Beresford Street. Recollections of regularly seeing Watton at Haut de la Garenne, including during summer holidays and on camping trips. Details of Watton's relationship with a female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne for the duration of Witness 74's time at the home, and surprise of learning of her marriage to another man. Refers to Watton's possible involvement in a rugby club near Jersey Airport [Jersey Rugby Football Club]. Descriptions of physical and sexual abuse by Watton at the art gallery. Mentions being given money and being taken on trips by Watton. States to have not seen Watton since leaving Haut de la Garenne. Refers to personal hygiene, and medical and dental examinations during time at Haut de la Garenne. Includes information about life since leaving care, including details of marriage. Finishes with Ogilvie asking Witness 74 questions relating to witnessing or witnesses to abuse suffered, names of individuals who carried out or who suffered abuse, whether Witness 74 can recall the death of a child whilst in residence, and any contact made with individuals also in residence at the time since leaving care. Demands action is taken against perpetrators of abuse, and discusses possibility of going to court to testify against abusers.or

Names

Cameron, Corrine, Detective Constable
Kidd, Morag Louise
Ogilvie, Graeme
Packer, John
Robinson, Dave
Thornton, Patricia
Wateridge, Gordon Claude
Watton, Tony
Aviemore
Baintree
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Home for Boys
Jersey Rugby Football Club
Marks and Spencer
Operation Rectangle
St Helier Boys' School
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Studio 18

Keywords

Beresford Street | Haut de la Garenne | Scotland | abuse | alcohol | Art Galleries | assault | bribery | bullying | cellars | child abuse | child protection | Children | children's homes | Children's Officers | children's services | courts | dentists | detention | drugs | emotional abuse | hygiene | interviews | investigations | medical examinations | neglect | Occupation | physical abuse | Police | Rugby | Schools | Scottish | sexual abuse | social workers | tapes | transcripts | truancy | violence | witnesses | witness statements

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Language

English

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