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Digital copy of Letter from Pannone Solicitors to Mourant Ozannes regarding Witness 158's application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Includes Witness 158's Application Form and Supporting Documentation to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme as supplied by Lacey Advocates. Also contains Witness 158's witness statement to Police on Haut de la Garenne, as well as Witness 158's witness statement to 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]. For Witness 158's witness statement to Police dated 16 April 2008 see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/12/WS000193.

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Reference

C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/16/WD000683

Date

April 2nd 2008 - May 21st 2012

Scope and Content

Application Form Personal details: provides details of Witness 158 and his representative Solicitor Alan Collins of Pannone Solicitors. Details of care: between 4 September 1967 to circa 1971 at Haut de la Garenne, referring to Children's [Services] file. Abuse alleged to have taken place: Gives details of emotional, physical and sexual abuse circa 1967 and 1971, naming [Haut de la Garenne] [Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook, another individual, and an unidentified person. Refers to witness statments dated 4 February 2009 and 2 April 2008. Refes to complaints of abuse to [Colin] Tilbrook, mentioning lack of action taken. Previous civil proceedings: details letter of claim sent to Mourant Ozannes dated 4 February 2009. Declaration of truthfulness: Signed on 3 May 2012, in the presence of Solicitor. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records dated 3 May 2012. Statement of Witness 158 in the matter of Haut de la Garenne dated 4 February 2009. Background and Home Life Refers to birth in 1958, siblings, and separation of parents. Details being taken into care by the States of Jersey from the age of five or six due to neglect, emotional abuse, and physical abuse by mother, mentioning need for psychiatric treatment by age of five. Comments on mother’s disapproval of his decision to move to Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Refers to placement at Haut de la Garenne from approximately 1964 to 1970. Describes being taken to Jersey to visit Haut de la Garenne, being shown round by [Colin] Tilbrook, who was in charge [the Superintendent] at Haut de la Garenne. Describes [Colin] Tilbrook as plump with a beard. Describes Haut de la Garenne as heaven compared to his home circumstances, mentioning regular meals, warm baths, and a lack of physical abuse. Does not recall many girls at Haut de la Garenne during his residency. Details daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning dormitory shared with similarly aged boys, and being woken in the mornings by [a member of staff] with a wife and young family. Recalls names of the [member of staff's] children, and [the member of staff's] disapproval of his children mixing with Haut de la Garenne residents. Describes dormitory routine as befitting the style of the army, with children making their own beds to a prescribed pattern, and teeth being checked to ensure children had cleaned them. Describes breakfasts in the dining room, where prayers were said prior to each meal. Recalls manners and attendance at church being of great importance. Mentions meals being overseen by [Colin] Tilbrook, kitchen duty, and other chores before school. Recounts opportunities to play after school, before tea or dinner, and bed at approximately half seven. Describes food at Haut de la Garenne as generally good, with the exception of soup. Recalls that children who did not eat their food were made to stand in front of the others and be treated as a dunce, or caned by a member of staff. Recalls response of staff to children wetting the bed, mentioning extent Witness 158 would go to in his attempt to disguise that he had wet the bed, in order to avoid criticism from staff. Recalls detention block at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning that boys were sent there as punishment for misbehaviour. Recounts how a friend was placed in the detention block for more than three days, and how the friend subsequently committed suicide in his detention cell. Recalls treatment for tonsillitis in the sickbay at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning treat of Ribena. Comments on attendance at local school, and failure to pass his 11-Plus examination. Comments on positive experiences at school, mentioning teacher who kept bees, and learning how to make honey. States he never returned home to visit parents, but recalls father and brother visiting on one occasion. Comments on writing letter to parents, and being allowed to visit home for a week, after which he did not return to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls living with dad and siblings, only returning to care when mother returned home. Recalls admission to two further children’s homes. Social Services Refers to being fostered by a couple, and leaving the children’s home. Recalls how the children’s board asked the couple to take a younger boy instead, and the couple’s decision to keep both Witness 158 and the younger boy. Abuse and consequences Details physical abuse in the form of corporal punishment, mentioning being caned by a member of staff or [Colin] Tilbrook. Recalls sexual abuse in the bathroom off the boys’ dormitory, remembering only the first instance at the age of six in detail. Names [member of staff] and another individual who may have been in his forties as his abusers. Recalls that an individual would climb into his bed during the night and sexually abuse him. Believes that the individual was not a resident. Reported injury sustained as a result of sexual abuse to a member of staff, and was prescribed cream. Reported, along with three other boys, the sexual abuse occurring at night, to [Colin] Tilbrook, who dismissed their complaints as results of their imagination. Recounts how other children were sexually abused in the dormitory at night, mentioning three older boys aged 14. Describes instance of sexual abuse involving Witness 158 and another young boy ordered by a man. Recalls absconding from Haut de la Garenne due to abuse, mentioning breaking into school to find a place to stay. On return to Haut de la Garenne, reported abuse to [Colin] Tilbrook who dismissed his complaint. Recalls never having the opportunity to complain to a welfare officer. Comments on a member of staff at second children’s home who was physically abusive to staff and residents, and sexually abusive to female residents. Mentions that his complaints to the board were ignored. Suggests other boys were abused at the third children’s home. Mentions joining a [group] whilst living with foster parents, and leaving group after being sexually abused. Events since leaving care Lived with one of his brothers, and got into trouble with the Police. Comments on sentence, and subsequent law abiding behaviour. Details employment, and accident necessitating retirement with wife and teenaged children. Mentions failure of first marriage, and first wife only learning of abuse at Haut de la Garenne from media reports in the past weeks. Comments on encouragement of daughters as reason he has given a statement to Police. Refers to photograph from The Sun newspaper showing Jimmy Savile visiting Haut de la Garenne in around 1969, where Witness 158 is also present. Comments on willingness to provide a statement to States of Jersey Police. Includes hand written annotation from Witness 158 dated April 2008 indicating States of Jersey Police have not yet taken a statement from him. Copy of Witness 158’s witness statement to Police in the presence of Detective Constable 222 Burns 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. Dated 16 April 2008. Background and Home Life Refers to birth in 1958, siblings, and separation of parents. Details being taken into care by the States of Jersey from the age of five or six due to neglect, emotional abuse, and physical abuse by mother, mentioning need for psychiatric treatment by age of five. Comments on mother’s disapproval of his decision to move to Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Refers to placement at Haut de la Garenne from approximately 1964 to 1970. Describes being taken to Jersey to visit Haut de la Garenne, being shown round by [Colin] Tilbrook, who was in charge [the Superintendent] at Haut de la Garenne. Describes [Colin] Tilbrook as plump with a beard. Describes Haut de la Garenne as heaven compared to his home circumstances, mentioning regular meals, warm baths, and a lack of physical abuse. Does not recall many girls at Haut de la Garenne during his residency. Details daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning dormitory shared with similarly aged boys, and being woken in the mornings by the master with a wife and young family. Describes master as tall, and young compared to [Colin] Tilbrook. Recalls names of the master’s children, and [master’s] disapproval of his children mixing with Haut de la Garenne residents. Describes dormitory routine as befitting the style of the army, with children making their own beds to a prescribed pattern, and teeth being checked to ensure children had cleaned them. Describes breakfasts in the dining room, where prayers were said prior to each meal. Recalls manners and attendance at church being of great importance. Mentions meals being overseen by [Colin] Tilbrook, kitchen duty, and other chores before school. Recounts opportunities to play after school, before tea or dinner, and bed at approximately half seven. Describes food at Haut de la Garenne as generally good, with the exception of soup. Recalls that children who did not eat their food were made to stand in front of the others and be treated as a dunce, or caned by a member of staff. Recalls response of staff to children wetting the bed, mentioning extent Witness 158 would go to in his attempt to disguise that he had wet the bed, in order to avoid criticism from staff. Recalls detention block at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning that boys were sent there as punishment for misbehaviour. Recounts how a friend was placed in the detention block for more than three days, and how the friend subsequently committed suicide in his detention cell. Recalls treatment for tonsillitis in the sickbay at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning treat of Ribena. Comments on attendance at local school, and failure to pass his 11-Plus examination. Comments on positive experiences at school, mentioning teacher who kept bees, and learning how to make honey. States he never returned home to visit parents, but recalls father and brother visiting on one occasion. Comments on writing letter to parents, and being allowed to visit home for a week, after which he did not return to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls living with dad and siblings, only returning to care when mother returned home. Recalls admission to two further children’s homes. Social Services Refers to being fostered by a couple, and leaving the children’s home. Recalls how the children’s board asked the couple to take a younger boy instead, and the couple’s decision to keep both Witness 158 and the younger boy. Abuse and consequences Details physical abuse in the form of corporal punishment, mentioning being caned by a member of staff or [Colin] Tilbrook. Recalls sexual abuse in the bathroom off the boys’ dormitory, remembering only the first instance at the age of six in detail. Names [member of staff] and another individual who may have been in his forties as his abusers. Recalls that an individual would climb into his bed during the night and sexually abuse him. Believes that the individual was not a resident. Reported injury sustained as a result of sexual abuse to a member of staff, and was prescribed cream. Reported, along with three other boys, the sexual abuse occurring at night, to [Colin] Tilbrook, who dismissed their complaints as results of their imagination. Recounts how other children were sexually abused in the dormitory at night, mentioning three older boys aged 14. Describes instance of sexual abuse involving Witness 158 and another young boy ordered by a man. Recalls absconding from Haut de la Garenne due to abuse, mentioning breaking into school to find a place to stay. On return to Haut de la Garenne, reported abuse to [Colin] Tilbrook who dismissed his complaint. Recalls never having the opportunity to complain to a welfare officer. Comments on a member of staff at second children’s home who was physically abusive to staff and residents, and sexually abusive to female residents. Mentions that his complaints to the board were ignored. Suggests other boys were abused at the third children’s home. Mentions joining a [group] whilst living with foster parents, and leaving group after being sexually abused. Events since leaving care Lived with one of his brothers, and got into trouble with the Police. Comments on sentence, and subsequent law abiding behaviour. Details employment, and accident necessitating retirement with wife and teenaged children. Mentions failure of first marriage, and first wife only learning of abuse at Haut de la Garenne from media reports in the past weeks. Comments on encouragement of daughters as reason he has given a statement to Police. Refers to photograph from The Sun newspaper showing Jimmy Savile visiting Haut de la Garenne in around 1969, where Witness 158 is also present. Comments on willingness to provide a statement to States of Jersey Police.

Names

Children's Services
Historic Abuse Redress Scheme
Haut de la Garenne
Lacey Advocates
Mourant Ozannes
Pannone Solicitors
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Burns, Detective Constable
Collins, Alan
Savile, Jimmy
Tilbrook, Colin

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