Digital copy of Witness 91's witness statement to States of Jersey Police provided in the presence of Detective Constable McGranahan relating to his experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted].

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March 1st 2008 - March 1st 2008

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Background and Home Life Details contact by States of Jersey Police in relation to providing witness statement regarding residency at Haut de la Garenne between 1963 and 1964. Describes family background, mentioning mother, father, and siblings including younger brother also resident at Haut de la Garenne. Describes disposition of brother prior to residency at Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Describes strict Haut de la Garenne regime, naming headmaster [Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook and his deputy. Recalls two Haut de la Garenne Houseparents with whom he did get on with, but comments on inability to trust anyone. Describes shared dormitory at Haut de la Garenne, located on the top floor, in a corner overlooking the back garden and playing field. Details relationship with brother whilst at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning opportunities to smoke. Abuse and Consequences Describes emotional abuse, corporal punishment, physical abuse, and sexual abuse whilst resident at Haut de la Garenne. Details incident of emotional and physical abuse soon after arriving at Haut de la Garenne, describing actions of [Colin] Tilbrook and his deputy in [Colin] Tilbrook’s office. Describes regular sexual abuse by the Haut de la Garenne deputy, recalling being fetched from his dormitory and taken to a cellar at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions emotional and physical abuse accompanying sexual abuse in the cellar. Recounts hearing other boys being sexually abused. Recounts discussing sexual abuse with other residents, including brother, revealing they were also victims of abuse. Recalls brother absconding from Haut de la Garenne due to abuse sustained whilst resident there. Recalls feeling unable to tell parents (on their visits at weekend) about the abuse due to home circumstances, and fear of other staff preventing him confiding in them. Describes abusive deputy as a married man with children. Events since Leaving Care Describes mental breakdown in 1980, and admission to St Saviour’s [Hospital] under the care of psychiatrist Dr Faize. Believes he may have told Dr Faize [Faiz] of abuse at Haut de la Garenne, but does not recall due to effect of tranquillisers. Describes continuing mental health difficulties mentioning depression, suicidal tendencies, nightmares, and brief spell of counselling. Details repeated interactions with police since leaving Haut de la Garenne, including instances where he has endeavoured to be arrested due to perceived safety of prison. Recalls meeting with his probation officer in 1995, confiding in probation officer about the abuse. Recounts that probation officer indicated he would investigate his allegations, but comments that he has been informed of any progress regarding probation officer’s investigation. Mentions discussing abuse with another individual. Describes change in disposition of brother since leaving Haut de la Garenne. Attests willingness to assist Police of Courts as part of investigation.


Haut de la Garenne
Probation and After Care Service
States of Jersey Police
St Saviour's Hospital
Faiz, Farouq Ghulam, Dr
McGranahan, James, Detective Constable
Tilbrook, Colin


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