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Digital copy of Letter from Sue Townsend for Bedell Cristin Jersey Partnership to Mourant Ozannes regarding Witness 147's application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Includes part of Witness 147's Application Form and Supporting Documentation to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme as supplied by Lacey Advocates. Also contains Witness 147's witness statement to 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 Norcott Villa Family Group Home and Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 147's witness statements and transcripts of Witness 147's interviews with States of Jersey Police see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/10.
July 3rd 2009 - September 26th 2012
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Application Form Abuse alleged to have taken place: Gives details of neglect and physical abuse at Norcott Villa [Family Group Home] by a male [care provider]. Gives details of sexual abuse in his dormitory at Haut de la Garenne by a man only able to be identified as the Bogeyman. Gives details of sexual abuse by other Haut de la Garenne residents, and threats of physical abuse if Witness 147 reported the abuse. Gives details of a relationship in which sexual contact was not always consensual. Gives details of sexual abuse by a member of Haut de la Garenne staff, suggested to be [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook or another individual. Refers to self harm of residents due to abuse, mentioning Witness 147's own self harm. Dates/time periods of abuse: Refers to Police Statement. Perpetrators of abuse: Names several members of Haut de la Garenne staff, including [Colin] Tilbrook. Declaration of truthfulness: Signed on 26 September 2012 in the presence of Advocate Edward Drummond. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records dated 26 September 2012. Provides copy of Witness 147's witness statement to States of Jersey Police dated 3 July 2009. Background and Home Life Details home life, mentioning uncle, and admission into care at three years old. Institutions Recalls admission to Haut de la Garenne at age of three with siblings due to parents’ alcoholism and inability to care appropriately for their children. Refers to brother joining siblings at Haut de la Garenne when he was born. Refers to placement in Creche until age of five or six, followed by transfer to the intermediates and seniors. Refers to the renaming of the Crèche as Aviemore, and the names of the other Haut de la Garenne groups, Baintree, Claymore and Dunluce. Recalls Bailiff visiting to plant a tree when Witness 147 was around five years old. Describes strictness of staff, mentioning punishments for truanting from school. Names staff [Jim] Thomson and [Gordon] Wateridge, amongst others. Mentions night nurse who would patrol Haut de la Garenne, and the dormitories, at night. Details ages of children in the intermediate group as ranging from six to ten, recalling around twenty children in the group. Names other members of the intermediate group, and speculates on identities of members of senior staff. Refers to dormitory shared by the boys in the intermediate group, overlooking the swimming pool. Recalls transfer to Norcott Villa Family Group Home at age of nine or ten, mentioning the foster of an individual. Describes pleasant atmosphere at Norcott Villa under the existing house parents, and change of atmosphere when the house parents were replaced. Refers to corporal punishment at Norcott Villa, and names other children resident there. Refers to unequal treatment between foster children and biological children, and transfer back to Haut de la Garenne's Dunluce or Seniors' group. Recalls absconding from Haut de la Garenne with other residents, stealing a car, having a car accident, and relationship with a [Haut de la Garenne resident] who was later sent to Borstal. Recalls common sexual behaviour between residents, mentioning the swimming pool. Refers to education at St Martin’s School, Plat Douet School, and St Helier Boys School. Abuse and consequences Recalls sexual abuse by a man only identified as the Bogeyman at night whilst at Haut de la Garenne, describing the man as tall, dark hair, in his twenties or thirties, and wearing a cape. Recalls sexual abuse by other Haut de la Garenne residents, naming individuals who had single rooms by the detention cells in the Aviemore block, and threats of physical abuse if he reported the abuse. Details sexual abuse whilst in a relationship with a [Haut de la Garenne] resident. Recalls grooming and sexual abuse by a man suggested to be Colin Tilbrook or another individual. Events since leaving care Mentions that he has not spoken to the media about his experiences in care.
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