Comments

Digital copy of Witness 176's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to his time at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/B3/17/WS000434

Date

November 28th 2014 - November 28th 2014

Scope and Content

Background and Home Life Refers to repression of childhood memories due to experiences at Haut de la Garenne, and preparation of statement based on own recollections rather than from copy of his Children’s Services client file [See Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003861]. Details birth in Jersey in 1967, and provides details of parents, mentioning divorce, and mother’s nervous breakdown. Recalls renewed contact with father during and following residence at Brig-y-don Children’s Home. Describes being removed from foster care by father, living with father and stepmother, and neglect by father when father holidayed abroad, leaving Witness 176 at home alone with £50. Recalls drunkenness and getting into trouble with States of Jersey Police whilst father was on holiday, followed by transfer to Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Details placement at Brig-y-Don Children’s Home, Haut de la Garenne, and in foster care at different points during childhood due to mother’s mental ill health. Recalls being sent to Brig-y-Don Children’s Home at age of six or seven, mentioning a room with bunkbeds, playing in the garden, and a minibus with a ‘heart’ on the side. Recalls intermittent residencies at Brig-y-don over the year, whilst also alternating between mother’s and father’s addresses. Recalls attending several primary schools, and criticises Children’s Services for not ensuring consistency in his education. Describes education at St Helier Boys School, later D’Hautree school, during his years resident at Haut de la Garenne. Describes stigma attached to children from Haut de la Garenne. Recounts residence at Haut de la Garenne from around 1980 to 1984, during which he also stayed with father for periods of time. Describes first impressions of Haut de la Garenne as big and scary, mentioning the number or children at Haut de la Garenne and their size and age relative to him. Details typical day at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning school, dinner, free time with little supervision from staff, and bedtime between 7:00pm to 10:00pm, citing his bedtime as usually being between 8:30pm and 9:00pm. Describes Haut de la Garenne detention cells, mentioning layout of detention cells relative to the car park, the cells’ thick glass windows, prison-like doors, bells, showers, potties, and lack of light switch. Lists children also resident at Haut de la Garenne between 1980 and 1984. Recalls separation of children into three or four separate groups, mentioning closure of Claymore group and transfer to Baintree. Describes each group as consisting of between 12 and 15 children, with numbers diminishing as the year of Haut de la Garenne’s closure neared. Recalls positive experiences with three members of staff, including a female member of staff who used to buy him clothes. Lists members of staff at Haut de la Garenne between 1980 and 1984, including Morag Jordan [née Kidd], Tony Jordan, Phil [Le] Bail, [Jim] Thompson [Thomson], and [William Allan] Gilbert, describes some members of staff as cruel. Recalls positive experiences at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning a trip during which he kissed a girl from another children’s home on the island. Recalls paperwork completed by Haut de la Garenne House Parents when a child misbehaved, as well as a book in which residents had to sign in order to collect their pocket money, mentioned to amount to about 50p. Suggests existence of a visitor’s book. Comments on his appearance in a photograph with Jimmy Savile at Haut de la Garenne, and his lack of recollection of the event. Refers to only knowing of Jimmy Savile’s visit due to contact by Operation Yewtree. Social Services Recalls positive foster placement with a family, and consistent education at one school during the two years of the placement. Recalls being removed from foster placement by father. Refers to lack of recollection of meeting personal Child Care Officer [Richard] Davenport. Refers to [Richard] Davenport’s contact with father and criticises Children’s Services for their adherence to father’s wishes above their own concerns for Witness 176’s welfare. Abuse and Consequences Recalls instance of sexual abuse by a man [presumed to be a teacher] connected with St Helier Boys School, whilst living with father and stepmother. Refers to regular physical abuse and bullying by other Haut de la Garenne residents. Describes physical abuse by Morag Jordan, and emotional and physical abuse by Morag Jordan towards other residents. Refers to Tony Jordan as a bully. Mentions describing abuse by Morag Jordan in greater depth to States of Jersey Police in his witness statement dated 31 March 2009 [See Exhibit 5: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003826, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000422]. Recounts abuse at Haut de la Garenne by [Jim] Thomson, believed to have been [Superintendent] at the time, and another man believed to have been [William Allan] Gilbert. Recalls sexual abuse by [William Allan] Gilbert, described as old, rugged and smelling of body odour and stale alcohol, after being summoned and escorted to [William Allan] Gilbert’s office by another member of Haut de la Garenne staff. Mentions describing sexual abuse in greater depth to States of Jersey Police in his witness statement dated 18 March 2008 [See Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003823, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000421], as well as his witness statements dated 20 April 2009 [See Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003824, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000423], and 13 May 2009 [See Exhibit 4: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003825, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000424]. Describes punishment by Phil Le Bail in the detention cells at Haut de la Garenne after Witness 176 and a couple of friends from Haut de la Garenne went out for the day and had a drink. Recalls being locked in detention cell for 48 hours. Describes sexual abuse by Phil Le Bail in the showers at Haut de la Garenne during this 48 hour period. Mentions recounting the abuse to States of Jersey Police in his witness statement dated 18 March 2008 [See Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003823, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000421]. Describes telling no one at the time about sexual abuse by Phil Le Bail, including a member of staff with whom Witness 176 had a good relationship. Recalls speaking to this member of staff during trial of Morag Jordan, and the member of staff’s distress at hearing about the abuse. Recalls Phil Le Bail’s alcoholism and later suicide. Details physical abuse by another member of staff towards residents at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being physically abused by the member of staff whilst on a camping trip to France on the day Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were married [29 July 1981]. Recalls witnessing the sexual abuse of a female resident at Haut de la Garenne by other residents. Names resident involved in sexual abuse of the female resident in a bathroom at Haut de la Garenne. Suggests a member of Social Services staff may also have been present. Mentions having described incidents of sexual abuse of the female resident in States of Jersey Police witness statements dated 18 March 2008 [See Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003823, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000421] and 30 April 2009 [See Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003824, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000423]. Details sexual abuse by Child X, an older resident at Haut de la Garenne. Describes sexualised nature of children at Haut de la Garenne, and questions responsibility and knowledge of staff. Expresses continuing fear of small spaced due to sexual abuse in shower by Phil Le Bail. Events since leaving Care Recalls leaving Haut de la Garenne in 1984, and finding employment in a career he loved. Describes leaving Haut de la Garenne as a broken child, having started to drink, and his belief that he would have ended up in prison or on drugs if not for more fortuitous circumstances. Details renewed contact with mother via the Salvation Army, and mother’s own relationship with an abusive man. Refers to appeal by States of Jersey Police for former residents of Haut de la Garenne to come forward and give evidence relating to their experiences, and mother giving his name to the Police. Details negative emotions associated with first meeting with States of Jersey Police at his flat in the UK. Describes being invited to Jersey to speak with States of Jersey Police again, and a second positive meeting police at a hotel rather than the [Rouge Bouillon] Police Station. Refers to further meetings with States of Jersey Police at his flat in the United Kingdom. Refers to 2010 trial of Morag and Tony Jordan on charges of physical abuse against children relating to their tenure at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on the experience of giving evidence in Court, and inferences from Morag Jordan’s lawyer that he was a liar, and that a number of former Haut de la Garenne residents had colluded together in order to discredit Morag Jordan. Refers to statement to States of Jersey Police [dated 9 August 2010] [See Exhibit 6: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003827, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000425], and Victim Personal Statement to States of Jersey Police [See Exhibit 7: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003828, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/15/WS000426]. Attributes treatment during trial of Morag and Tony Jordan as reason for not naming Child X. Refers to difficulty talking about sexual abuse he suffered, mentioning flashbacks when smelling body odour or stale alcohol, and bad dreams related to confinement in detention cells and abuse that occurred there. Comments on lack of offer of counselling by authorities in Jersey, and ongoing treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Refers to his attempts to move on with his life, and as such, being unwilling to give further evidence to States of Jersey Police. Mentions understanding why former residents and victims of abuse would want retribution, but explains that he does not share their point of view.

Names

Charles, Prince of Wales
Davenport, Richard
Diana, Princess of Wales
Gilbert, William Allan
Jordan, Anthony
Jordan, Morag Louise, née Kidd
Le Bail, Philippe
Savile, Jimmy
Thomson, Jim
Baintree
Brig-y-Don Children's Home
Children's Services
Claymore
D'Hautree
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Yewtree
Salvation Army
States of Jersey Police
St Helier Boys School

Keywords

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English

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