Digital copy of Witness 126’s statement to States of Jersey Police in the presence of Detective Constable David Robinson and Detective Constable [Corinne] Cameron 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].

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May 7th 2008 - May 8th 2008

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Background and Home Life Details circumstances surrounding admission to Haut de la Garenne in 1957, mentioning theft from mother. Mentions [sibling’s] admission to Haut de la Garenne due to illness of mother, and readmission due to own behaviour. Institutions Describes personality before arriving at Haut de la Garenne, in contrast to behaviour learnt whilst resident there. Lists Superintendent Mr [George] Maggs, and [Deputy Superintendent] Mr [George] Mallinson as amongst the staff at Haut de la Garenne in 1957. Mentions other staff who joined Haut de la Garenne including Superintendent [Colin] Tilbrook. Describes placement in and location of Junior Group, mentioning Junior Dormitory. Recalls use of corporal punishment at schools as well as Haut de la Garenne. Mentions use of detention rooms for other residents. Describes move to Senior Group, and a member of staff who used to punish the Group for talking at night by making them get out of bed, tipping the contents of their beds on the ground, and making the boys remake their beds. Describes member of staff’s reaction to children swearing. Lists other Haut de la Garenne residents in his dormitory. Abuse and consequences Recalls sexual abuse by a man in the Junior Dormitory. Reported abuse to [George] Mallinson, only to receive physical abuse from [George Mallinson]; recalls that the sexual abuse stopped soon after reporting abuse to [George] Mallinson. Details sexual abuse by another individual, who although not a member of Haut de la Garenne staff, visited Haut de la Garenne regularly, first with his wife, and then alone. Describes silver, automatic, right hand drive vehicle driven by the man. Mentions boat also kept by the man at Gorey Harbour. Mentions not knowing if other boys were also sexually assaulted by the man, due to residents keeping things to themselves. Details verbal and physical abuse by a member of Haut de la Garenne staff. Mentions treatment by this member of staff would worsen if he had been arguing with his wife. Recalls complaining to [Colin] Tilbrook about the member of staff’s physical and verbal abuse. Mentions physical abuse by the member of staff in the Haut de la Garenne showers. Recalls discussions by residents of harm they would wish to cause this member of staff. Events since leaving care Details leaving Haut de la Garenne at age of 15 and a half to join the Army, and discharge [from Army] dated 1967 at age of 17. Mentions returning to Jersey and finding employment [cleaning windows]. Comments on cleaning windows at the house of the man who had visited Haut de la Garenne and abused him, and the man’s offer to [help Witness 126’s career]. Explains circumstances surrounding enlisting with the Army and subsequent discharge, before joining up again in 1971 for a further nine years. Recalls hearing of a friend [and Haut de la Garenne resident’s] suicide from his mother. Recalls speaking to [his brother], and believes [his brother] was abused by the man with the silver vehicle and boat at Gorey Harbour. Mentions contacting Jersey Archive to receive his [Children’s Services client] file. Refers to attempt to avoid media interest relating to the Haut de la Garenne investigation [Operation Rectangle]. Comments on knowledge of cellars at Haut de la Garenne, as mentioned by Detective Constable David Robinson. Affirms certainty of identity of his abusers, and his willingness to support a police prosecution against them, mentioning appearing in court. Details how childhood experiences at Haut de la Garenne have affected his relationship with his own children and family and friends.


Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Mallinson, George
Robinson, David, Detective Constable
Tilbrook, Colin
Maggs, George
The British Army
Children's Services
Jersey Archive
Cameron, Corinne, Detective Constable
Maggs, George


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