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Digital copy of the transcript of Witness 169’s tape recorded interview with States of Jersey Police in the presence of Civilian Officer Brian Carter and Detective Constable 678 Lynn Lang 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. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 169's witness statements to the States of Jersey Police see C/D/AW1B1/2/1/14.
December 6th 2007 - December 6th 2007
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Background and Home Life Refers to fights between mother and father and physical abuse of brother by father. Refers to Tony Watton's [abuse] of Witness 169's brother. Institutions Criticises placement at Haut de la Garenne, alluding to Haut de la Garenn's reputation as a home for naughty children. Recalls seperation from siblings due to group system at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to Haut de la Garenne staff, including [Ray] Williams, Superintendent [Colin] Tilbrook, and Morag Kidd. Mentions Morag Kidd's relationship with Tony Watton. Recounts holidays to Bournemouth, Brighton and Portsmouth with [Ray] Williams, and camping holidays on island at Crabbé. Comments on difference in disposition of staff whilst on holidays compared to when at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls difficulties living at Haut de la Garenne with regards to her relationships with boyfriends. Describes [detention rooms] at Haut de la Garenne, where residents who had absconded and been returned by Police would be placed. Describes dining room and mealtimes, mentioning that if a child refused to eat a meal they would be repeatedly served the meal until they ate it. Recalls children wetting the bed at Haut de la Garenne, and responses from staff. Recalls how children at St Helier Girls' School would treat Witness 169 differently due to her residence at Haut de la Garenne. Details close relationship with [Colin] Tilbrook; refers to his affair and subsequent departure from Haut de la Garenne. Refers to transfer to [Camelot] Girls's Hostel and pressure from the Children's Department and her mother to terminate her first pregnancy. Social Services Recalls difficulties securing contact with her Child Care Officer Dickie [Richard] Davenport. Abuse and consequences Details physical abuse of male Haut de la Garenne residents by [Ray] Williams, and reactions of victims and witnesses. Details sexual abuse by a female member of Haut de la Garenne staff who watched female residents in the showers. Details sexual abuse of Witness 169 and other female residents by a member of Haut de la Garenne staff who replaced [Ray] Williams. Recalls that she and other female residents never discussed the sexual abuse with each other. Details sexual abuse by [Colin] Tilbrook when Witness 169 was staying with him [and his partner] following Witness 169's appointment for abortion. Events after leaving care Recounts admission to St Saviour's Hospital under Dr Evans, and her inability to report abuse at Haut de la Garenne to him. Comments on conversation with friend about abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to initial difficulties caring for her own children due to her inexperience and treatment as a child. Refers to mental health, depression, and difficutlies maintaining employment and relationships with men. Mentions difficulty sleeping. Comments on mother's current ill health and level of contact with siblings. Refers to photographs submitted by Witness 169 as exhibits. Refers Witness 169 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as an avenue of support following her disclosure of abuse to States of Jersey Police.
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