Digital copy of Witness 171's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] [Jim] McGranahan. [Some details redacted].

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March 13th 2008 - March 13th 2008

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Background and Home Life Provides details about background and family life. Born in 1961 and placed in Haut de la Garenne with brothers and sisters on 1 November 1965, citing mother's chronic alcoholism and admittance to St Saviour's Hospital and father's abandonment during childhood. Institutions Includes references to his time at Haut de la Garenne, Norcott Villa Family Group Home, St Martin's School and Plat Douet School. Recalls first night at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning placement in Aviemore. Mentions mother's death in 1982 and lack of contact with father for 35 years. Comments on family's time at the home, noting placement together at Haut de la Garenne for a year. Recalls moving to Claymore group [with brother] after a year at Aviemore. Stayed in Claymore group until 1969, noting their attandance at Plat Douet School and lack of contact with rest of the family at this point in his life. Recalls moving to Norcote Villa [Norcott Villa], Georgetown in 1969. Includes recollections of staff, commenting on two couples who ran the [family group] home during his time in residence. Also includes recollections of other children in residence and strictness of the regime at the home, mentioning punishment for misbehaviour noting solitary confinement. Describes being sent back to Haut de la Garenne after four years at Norcott Villa for misbehaviour, and placement in Dunluce. Sent to an institution in 1975, returning to Haut de la Garenne after a few months to await placement. Children's Services Describes reaction of Witness 171's Case Officer [Child Care Officer] David Castledine upon reporting incident of physical abuse by a man at Norcott Villa to him as being to not believe allegations. Also mentions the Children's Officer Mr [Anton] Skinner. Refers to contact with Tony Le Sueur, duty manager at Children's Services, in 2005 and subsquent acquisition of his Children's Services records from Maison Du Pape [Maison le Pape]. Abuse and Consequences Gives details of two incidents of sexual abuse by Colin Tilbrook, Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne during Witness 171's time in residence, in the toilets next to Aviemore when Witness 171 was aged 5½ years old and 6½ to 7 years old. Recalls a female member of staff hearing the first incident. Includes description of physical symptoms of abuse, mentioning bleeding, and reporting sexual abuse by Tilbrook to a female who subsequently informed a doctor. Recalls medical examinations carried out by doctors. Notes how both incidents were preceded by Tilbrook accusing Witness 171 of stealing from school. Comments on knowledge of abuse suffered by other children in residence in Claymore group whilst Witness 171 was in Aviemore at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to reporting abuse by Tilbrook [to brother]. Comments on psychological impact of sexual abuse by Tilbrook. Recalls physical abuse by a man whilst at Norcott Villa. Gives details of physical abuse of a male member of staff at Norcott Villa. Refers to incident of physical and sexual abuse [by the Superintendent of Haut de la Garenne] in one of two detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne during second spell at the home. Recalls being placed in solitary confinement in the detention rooms on multiple occasions during time in residence. Events since leaving Care Moved to England permanently in 1989. Refers to contact with siblings and family members since leaving care, commenting on lack of contact with sister. Comments on media publicity surrounding police inquiry into historic child abuse. [For Witness 171's second witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 15 March 2009, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/15/WS000134].


Castledine, David
Le Sueur, Tony
McGranahan, James, Detective Constable
Skinner, Anton
Tilbrook, Colin
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Norcott Villa Family Group Home
Operation Rectangle
Plat Douet School
States of Jersey Police
St Martin's School
St Saviour's Hospital


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