Digital copy of Witness 184'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 [Civilian Officer] [Brian] Carter. [Some details redacted].

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March 18th 2008 - March 18th 2008

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Institutions Transferred to Haut de la Garenne in 1968 aged 10 by the Magistrate at Court. Recalls [Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook, Mr [Ray] Williams, [Gordon] Wateridge, Morag Kidd, and other members of staff. Describes residence at Haut de la Garenne as horrific, and recalls torches being shone into his eyes at night when he was trying to get to sleep. Recalls residents fighting over chairs, describing the atmosphere as territorial. Describes injury caused when a member of staff tried to jump into the swimming pool with Witness 184 on his shoulders. Mentions absconding from Haut de la Garenne due to treatment he experienced there, and being caned and placed in the detention rooms upon his return. Recalls falling down a rocky slope at Fort Regent during one instance of absconding, with a report featuring in the Jersey Evening Post. Describes detention room facilities. Names several residents at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls a man who visited Haut de la Garenne and would take children out in his car at the weekend. Assumes the man may have been on the board of directors. Refers to location of first cellar found by Police. Abuse and consequences Comments on sexual abuse by a man named Jarrett, before arriving at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls going to the Police with another victim of Jarrett’s, and Jarrett’s subsequent prosecution. Describes emotional abuse by way of being placed in solitary confinement whilst in the detention rooms. Describes [Colin] Tilbrook caning Witness 184 as corporal punishment for absconding from Haut de la Garenne. Describes physical abuse by staff as a response to Witness 184 having absconded. Describes physical abuse by [Ray] Williams and [Gordon] Wateridge. Recalls [Gordon] Wateridge’s inappropriate behaviour in the vicinity of female residents, mentioning incident in which he found [Gordon] Wateridge lying on top of a teenage girl in the snooker room. Events since leaving care Left Haut de la Garenne in 1972 aged fourteen, mentioning aggression due to his treatment there. Comments on the psychological damage caused to all the children at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning alcoholism, suicide attempts, self-harm, mental health, and police records. Refers to marriage and two grown up children.


Children's Services
Fort Regent
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
Jersey Evening Post
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Carter, Brian
Jordan, Morag Louise, née Kidd
Jarrett, Terence
Tilbrook, Colin
Williams, Ray
Wateridge, Gordon Claude


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