Digital copy of Witness 91’s interview with a detective 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]. Undated, c. 2008 onwards.

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March 1st 2008 - March 1st 2008

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Background and Home Life Gives year of birth as 1950, and details two year age gap between himself and younger brother. Provides details of parents and other siblings. Refers to crimes committed in youth, mentioning Snowhill, and appearances before Royal Court. Describes leaving Jersey with parents between 1966 and 1968. Comments on father’s alcoholism and violent behaviour, and relationship between father and mother following his residency at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to death of mother, following argument with father amid divorce proceedings. Comments on inaction of Police with regards to family breakdown and circumstances surrounding mother’s death. Institutions Details residence at Haut de la Garenne between 1963 and 1964, along with brother, mentioning order of Royal Court and home circumstances. Recalls Haut de la Garenne staff, naming [Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook, and others. Describes [deputy of Haut de la Garenne] as a man in his twenties, with a wife and children. Details daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning continued education at D’Hautree School. Describes dormitory, bed, locker, and cellar at Haut de la Garenne. Recounts lack of contact with parents whilst resident at Haut de la Garenne, and lack of visitation by a probation officer. Social Services Recalls visits to home by truant officer. Abuse and consequences Describes regular emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, naming [deputy of Haut de la Garenne] as his abuser. Recalls corporal punishment at Haut de la Garenne. Describes hearing screams of other boys abused, and recalls discussing sexual abuse with other residents, including brother. Names [Colin] Tilbrook as a sexual abuser of other male residents at Haut de la Garenne. Explains how fear of other staff prevented him confiding in them. Refers to brother’s mental health difficulties due to abuse, and subsequent suicide attempt and death. Refers to inappropriate behaviour of [Colin] Tilbrook’s wife, and allegation concerning [Colin] Tilbrook’s sexual abuse of his foster daughter. Events since leaving care Married in 1970, later confiding in wife and eldest daughter about childhood abuse. Recalls breakdown of marriage in 1995 following his affair. Confided in Probation Officer in 1995 about abuse at Haut de la Garenne, comments on Probation Officer’s indication that he would investigate his allegations. Describes consequences of abuse into adulthood, mentioning flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, depression, anger, and admissions to St Saviour’s Hospital in 1980 and 1985. Refers to own criminal record, mentioning alcoholism and assaults. Refers to recent charge of arson, and describes having felt safe whilst incarcerated at HM Prison La Moye. Refers to another resident abused at Haut de la Garenne’s convictions for sexual offences against children. Recalls hearing of [Operation Rectangle] from daughter, and describes his feelings of relief and concerns abuse might continue to be covered up. Describes interview with police regarding residency at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Detective Constable McCracken [McGranahan].


Haut de la Garenne
Probation and After Care Service
States of Jersey Police
St Saviour's Hospital
McGranahan, James, Detective Constable
McCracken, Detective Constable
Royal Court
Tilbrook, Colin
HM Prison, La Moye
Operation Rectangle
Tilbrook, Margaret


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