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Digital copy of Witness 120's Application Form and Supporting Documentation to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme as supplied by Lacey Advocates. [Some details redacted]. For the transcripts of Witness 120's tape recorded interviews with Police dated 16 February 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/3/WS000186 and C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/3/WS000187.
July 5th 2012 - July 5th 2012
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Application Form Provides personal details of Witness 120 and her representative, Emmott Snell Solicitors. Details of care: Mentions placements at La Creche Care Home [presumed to be Westaway Crèche], and Haut de la Garenne. Also includes names of other children in care who were their friends or associates. Abuse alleged to have taken place: Refers to police statement providing detail of emotional, physical and sexual abuse between 1973 and 1978, naming abusers as Haut de la Garenne staff. Complaints of abuse: refers to statement to Police dated February 2008 detailing emotional, physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Criminal proceedings: Refers to statement provided to the Police in February 2008. Declaration of truthfulness: Signed in the presence of solicitor M Wyatt on 19 June 2012. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records signed by Witness 120 on 9 June 2012. Contains copies of the transcripts of Witness 120's three tape recorded interviews with Police dated 16 February 2008. Witness 120’s interview with Civilian Officer Michael Pick and Community Police Officer Dawn Pearce providing an account of her experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to her time at Haut de la Garenne. [Tape 3]. Institutions Includes recollections of her time at Haut de la Garenne. Describes Haut de la Garenne swimming pool, detention cells, car park, bathrooms, laundrette, and steamroller and swings in the play area. Recalls dolmens and fields nearby. Details instance of a younger resident almost drowning in the swimming pool, and rescue by another individual. Recalls discovering a hand in bushes near Haut de la Garenne whilst hiding with another Haut de la Garenne resident. Describes watching an older Haut de la Garenne resident fall to his death after climbing on the rocks near Mont Orgueil, recalling Mandy from Yorkshire ringing an ambulance. Suggests a resident was killed at Haut de la Garenne, commenting that circumstances of death were not indicative of suicide. Describes location of a body at Haut de la Garenne, near the play area. Recalls other residents at Haut de la Garenne, raising queries as to what has happened to them following their association at Haut de la Garenne. Shares recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne, including staff who were later members of [States of Jersey] Police. Refers to residents being placed in the Detention Rooms and stealing food from the kitchen at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions Battle of Flowers, and La Preference Children’s Home. Mentions Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee of 1987 [presumed to refer to Silver Jubilee of 1977]. Refers to lack of contact with physician, and experiences with psychiatrist [Dr] Foggerty [Fogarty], mentioning medication they were prescribed. Abuse and consequences Refers to emotional abuse by a female member of staff. Refers to physical and sexual abuse whilst resident at Haut de la Garenne, naming sexual abuser. Events since leaving care Describes changes in Jersey since his time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to recent plans for Haut de la Garenne, mentioning youth hostel and accommodation. Comments that former residents should have been consulted on the building’s future. Refers to other former residents’ contact with Police. Refers to current mental health, mentioning contact with psychiatrist, depression, medication, and admission to hospital following a near nervous breakdown. Refers to own alcoholism. Mentions going back to Jersey to visit family in the next week. Witness 120’s interview with Civilian Officer Michael Pick and Community Police Officer Dawn Pearce providing an account of her experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to her time at Haut de la Garenne. [Tape 2]. Background and Home Life Refers to mother’s alcoholism, and mother’s death when Witness 120 was 18. Mentions brother’s arrest for Grievous Bodily Harm. Institutions Describes surroundings of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning dolmens, boiler rooms, laundry and swimming pool. Refers to ‘A’ and ‘B’ Wings [Aviemore and Baintree Groups] at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls positive experiences with some members of staff, mentioning one couple’s pet dog, [Jim] Thomson, and Morag [Jordan, nee Kidd] in particular. Mentions La Preference Children’s Home. Details instance of a younger resident almost drowning in the swimming pool, and rescue by another individual. Refers to death of girl at Haut de la Garenne, and suspicious circumstances of death of a boy at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on lack of appropriate investigation by Police. Refers to experiences with psychiatrist Dr Fogerty [Fogarty], mentioning medication, and consultations with her gynaecologist. Mentions Secret Garden tea room in Gorey Village. Social Services Refers to Children’s Services employees, naming Charles Smith, Barbara Chapel [Brenda Chappell], Barbara Bygrave [Lois Bygrave], Hunt and [Jim] Thomson. Abuse and consequences Refers to physical abuse by staff, also mentioning a female member of staff. Recalls sexual abuse of another Haut de la Garenne resident, and running away with this girl following one instance. Details confiding in an older individual [possibly brother] about the abuse, and [brother’s] response. Events since leaving care Refers to psychiatric treatment of a former Haut de la Garenne resident at St Saviour’s Hospital. Witness 120’s interview with Civilian Officer Michael Pick and Police Community Support Officer Dawn Pearce providing an account of her experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to her time at Haut de la Garenne. [Tape 1]. Establishes protocols of interview. Background and Home Life Refers to brother and mother. Institutions Refers to admission to Haut de la Garenne in the 1960s, recalling A Wing [Aviemore], B Wing [Baintree] and the presence of her sisters. Refers to location of crèche as Rouge Bouillon, near Parade Gardens. Refers to other residents at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to positive experiences whilst in La Moye Prison, and arrest for being drunk and disorderly at age 15. Recalls frequently running away from Haut de la Garenne from the age of 7. Describes route to Jim Thomson’s flat at Haut de la Garenne. Describes lack of wash and bathroom facilities in Detention Cells. Social Services Abuse and consequences Describes sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, and inaction of [Superintendent] Jim Thomson. Refers to emotional and physical abuse by a female member of staff, following an instance of sexual abuse by a male member of staff. Mentions female member of staff’s boyfriend, who did not work at Haut de la Garenne. Events since leaving care Refers to recent death of boyfriend. Contains letter from Emmott Snell Solicitors to Mourant Ozannes concerning Witness 120's application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme, enclosing witness statement of Witness 120 dated 18 September 2012. Witness 120's Statement in support of application to Historic Abuse Compensation Scheme. Background and Home Life Details birth in 1962 at Jersey [General] Hospital, and circumstances in which she was taken into care, mentioning violence by mother. Refers to father, and sisters. Describes reporting mother and [her two further children] to Child Care worker [Officer] Barbara [Brenda] Chappell [Chapel], and the children's move to foster care in St Clement. Institutions Refers to own [Children’s Services] record stating placement at La Creche Children’s Home at age of two, and subsequent placement in foster care and then at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to residence at a school in around 1968, with her sister joining her in 1970. Mentions use of medication to calm her behaviour, and refers to the impact of the medication on her academic performance. Refers to [psychiatrist] Dr Foggerty [Fogarty] who prescribed the medication. Recalls transfer to Approved School at age of almost 14. Recalls transfer back to Jersey, remaining at Haut de la Garenne until the age of 15 or 16. Recalls regularly absconding from Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being placed on the contraceptive pill at the age of 13. Recalls placement in detention rooms as a form of punishment. Recalls suicides of children resident at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Gorey Castle, a father’s shed, and a multi-storey carpark. Social Services Abuse and Consequences Details emotional, physical and sexual abuse by staff whilst resident at Haut de la Garenne, naming sexual abusers. Names Morag Kidd [later Jordan] and another member of staff who subjected residents to cold baths as a form of punishment. Recalls that the staff often smelt on alcohol [on such occasions]. Recalls physical abuse by Morag Kidd. Events since leaving Care Recalls sleeping rough in St Helier following discharge from Haut de la Garenne at age of 15. Recalls sexual abuse by a man she and a former resident of Haut de la Garenne met in a car park. Refers to residence in detention facilities, approved schools, borstals, and Holloway Prison in first years since being discharged from care. Refers to alcoholism, and relationship with alcohol since age of 9. Refers to seizures and epilepsy as a result of alcohol consumption, and tendency to self harm whilst under the influence. Refers to consequences of alcoholism, mentioning homelessness, and criminal record. Comments on drug use and overdoses. Refers to drinking to suppress memories of Haut de la Garenne. Mentions suffering from depression, panic attacks, nightmares, and flashbacks. Refers to distress caused by media coverage concerning Haut de la Garenne leading to an overdose on epileptic medication. Refers to support offered to her by voluntary organisation ‘Missing Link’.
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