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Digital copy of Witness statement given by Witness 176 to the States of Jersey Police dated 18 March 2008 providing an account of their experiences of physical and sexual abuse during their time under the care of the States of Jersey at Haut de la Garenne. Provided in the presence of DC 192 Barker. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 176's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 28 November 2014 [C/D/AW1/B3/17/WS000434].
March 18th 2008 - March 18th 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in Jersey and being under the care of Children’s Services from a young age due to parents’ divorce and mother’s nervous breakdown. Refers to education at Le Rocquier School and Victoria College. Institutions Refers to education at Le Rocquier School and Victoria College. Refers to admission to Haut de la Garenne in 1980 at age of about 13, mentioning joining Baintree group and describing location of shared bedroom on the ground floor. Describes conditions at Haut de la Garenne as clean with the residents being well fed and cared for. Recalls holiday in the summer of 1982. Recounts being bullied at Haut de la Garenne by older residents, mentioning his pocket money being stolen. Refers to positive experiences with a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne appointed as his mentor. Describes layout and dimensions of detention cells at Haut de la Garenne. Abuse and Consequences Describes sexual abuse by a member of Haut de la Garenne staff in an office at Haut de la Garenne between late 1982 and early 1983. Describes sexual abuse by Phil Le Bail in 1983 following an outing to Fort Regent. Refers to returning to Haut de la Garenne late, being taken to detention cells for a 48 hours period, during which time he was sexually abused in the shower by Phil Le Bail. Describes emotional and sexual abuse of a female resident by other residents at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning physical characteristics of other residents and presence of a man suggested to be from Probation or Social Services. Refers to female resident’s acts of self-harm. Events since leaving Care Details current residence, marriage and unemployment. Cites negative experiences at Haut de la Garenne as cause of him becoming withdrawn, and comments that whilst he has not told anyone about the abuse, he is willing to attend court to support any prosecution by Police. Refers to being contacted by a reporter from The Sun newspaper on 22 February 2008, and having not made contact with the reporter in return. For a copy of this witness statement to the States of Jersey Police see Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/16/WD003823.
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