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Digital copy of Witness 124’s statement with Detective Constable David Robinson of States of Jersey Police 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].
May 27th 2008 - May 27th 2008
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Background and Home Life Details birth in 1953 and admission to Haut de la Garenne at age of 7 or 8. Refers to sister’s admission to Haut de la Garenne, and other siblings admissions to other children’s homes, and their reluctance to provide statements regarding their experiences. Refers to mother’s inability to look after all her children as reason for his admission to Haut de la Garenne. Details father leaving mother when he was one and a half years old, and domestic abuse by boyfriend towards mother. Describes himself as hyperactive and naughty during early childhood, mentioning stealing things in order to receive attention. Institutions Comments on education at St Helier Boys School. Recalls Haut de la Garenne staff, naming [Mr] [Colin] Tilbrook and [Mrs] Tilbrook, [Mr] [Ray] Williams and [Mrs], [Mr] Thomas Hamon and Mrs Hamon, amongst others. Describes daily routine at Haute de la Garenne, mentioning breakfast, school, chores, and tea. Describes punishments, including cleaning the dishes in the evening and corporal punishment. Recalls searches of dormitories by [Ray] Williams and another member of staff. Describes fear of residents towards Haut de la Garenne staff, and lists other residents at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls construction of new wing at Haut de la Garenne, and introduction or remand [or detention] cells. Describes layout of remand cells, and location relative to main Haut de la Garenne building. Recalls placement in [detention cells] for three weeks following a fight with another resident, witnessed by [Mr] Hamon. Describes depression of other resident, and Witness 124 and the other resident’s later arrest for arson. Recalls the other resident’s suicide a few months following their placement in the [detention cells]. Details placement at Haut de la Garenne at age of 12 whilst on remand. Recalls leaving Haut de la Garenne at age of twelve and a half, and moving to a school where he had a positive experience. Abuse and consequences Refers to sexual abuse of other residents of Haut de la Garenne. Refers to sexual abuse by Thomas Hamon. Describes emotional and physical abuse whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions physical abuse by [Colin] Tilbrook, commenting on the cane nicknamed ‘Black Bomber’ [by residents]. Describes instance of emotional abuse by [Colin] Tilbrook, absconding from Haut de la Garenne for four days afterwards, and physical abuse by a member of staff in the knowledge of [Colin] Tilbrook on his return to Haut de la Garenne. Refers to kind treatment by a female member of staff following the abuse. Recalls having his mouth washed out with soap by a female member of staff after he swore. Describes one member of staff as being involved in administering punishments. Describes being strip searched by the member of staff on several occasions after returning from a weekend home with mother, and being physically abused by the man on other occasions. Refers to residents confiding in him about abuse, and their wish not to involve themselves in the investigation [Operation Rectangle]. Recalls telling psychiatrist, mother, those investigating the Haut de la Garenne resident who committed suicide’s death, probation officer, and maths teacher, about the abuse but does not recall being taken seriously. Events since leaving care Recalls leaving care at age of 15, and details later career, marriage, and children. Refers to fortunes of other former Haut de la Garenne residents, mentioning suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, and difficulties in relationships. Refers to his own occasional drinking as a result of abuse. Refers to Detective Constable Robinson’s query regarding [Gordon] Wateridge, Morag Kidd [later Jordan], Tony Watton, an individual with the surname Mallinson, and other individuals. Gives permission to lawyer Chris Lakeman to release information relevant to Witness 124 as Witness 124 has also disclosed information about abuse to him.
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