Digital copy of Witness 195's copy witness statement to the States of Jersey Police [in 2003] providing an account of his experiences of abuse suffered whilst in residence at Haut de la Garenne. [Recorded by Detective Constable Brian Carter]. [Some details redacted].

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December 9th 2003 - December 18th 2003

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Witness statement conducted over three days on 9 December, 11 December and 18 December 2003. Notes decision to terminate statement at one point due to emotional state of Witness 195. Background and Home Life Refers to birth in Jersey in 1954 and unemployment at time of statement. Includes details about mother and father. Refers to [siblings], noting how he [and his siblings] were at Haut de la Garenne together. Comments on mother's illness and infrequent contact with father, and impact of these factors on Witness 195. Institutions Includes references to his time at Haut de la Garenne, Vauxhall School, Grouville School and St Helier Boys' School. Notes attendance at Grouville School during the period that Witness 195 was in residence at Haut de la Garenne. Includes first recollections of Haut de la Garenne upon arrival at the home, commenting on the size of the property, a female member of staff and issuance of new clothing. Includes recollections of the property, mentioning dormitories and communal room. Recalls living at Haut de la Garenne for eight years. Describes daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning bathtimes, mealtimes, transport to and from school in a beige [Volkswagen] van and chores including ironing, washing, sowing and polishing. Recalls receiving pocket money for cleaning drains and spending money on sweets and drinks at a shop close to the home. Recalls having to complete his chores and tasks before being afforded leisure time, recalling watching television shows such as The Lone Ranger. Recalls attending church every Sunday and being made to eat all of his Sunday lunch before being allowed to leave [the dining area]. Recollections of members of staff at Haut de la Garenne whilst in residence, including Mr [Colin] Tilbrook [Superintendent] and Tommy [Thomas] Hamon. Recalls there being forty members of staff during his time in residence. Recalls the opening of the swimming pool at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning presence of the Jersey Evening Post Children's Services Recollections of [the Children's Officer] Mr [Charles] Smith taking Witness 195 to Haut de la Garenne. Abuse and Consequences Recollections of physical abuse by Tilbrook and other members of staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning caning. Includes description of a man who would talk to the children next to the sports field on Saturday afternoons, commenting on his appearance and clothing. Gives details of child grooming, mentioning being taken out for trips and being bought ice cream. Gives details of subsequent sexual abuse by the man in his car in a lane opposite the Links Hotel, Grouville and subsequently vomiting in toilets in Gorey Harbour and crying upon return to Haut de la Garenne. Describes inability to talk to other children in residence about abuse suffered. Includes a description of the man's car and long-term impact of abuse, noting physical symptoms and psychological trauma exhibited when driving past the lane where sexual abuse took place. Describes being sexually abused by the man for 3 to 3½ years up until Witness 195 was aged 10. Gives details of further incidents of sexual abuse by the man in the same location over a sustained period of time, recalling one occasion whereby Tilbrook instructing Witness 195 to go out with the man despite Witness 195 saying he felt unwell. Also recalls being taken to the man's home three or four months after abuse started, and being sexually abused by the man in his kitchen whilst his wife was in the next room. Includes recollections of the man's wife and his dog. Recalls hiding from the man under the floorboards in the staff canteen at Haut de la Garenne throughout period of abuse, and the man's reaction. Recalls being sexually abused by the man in the West [Cinema] and Forum [Cinema], including recollections of one incident in the West Picture House whereby abuse was possibly witnessed by one of Witness 195's friends. Recalls reporting sexual abuse to a friend who was an older resident at Haut de la Garenne at St Martin's Church, describing how the friend encouraged Witness 195 to report his abuser. Notes that this friend committed suicide shortly after. Describes further sexual abuse by the man on his boat in the sea near Gorey Harbour. Gives details of physical symptoms, including bleeding. Describes being taken by the man to a hotel next to Grouville Golf Course and response of the man after Witness 195 told him that he did not want to be with him. Gives details of sexual abuse in the hotel, including recollections of the room in which the abuse took place. Recalls being taken by the man to another hotel at the end of Rue à Don, on the site of De La Mare Florists. Also includes recollections of being taken to a go-kart track in St Brelade by the man, noting his decision to invite a friend knowing that the man would not abuse him in the friend's presence. Also recalls the man buying Witness 195 a new brown leather strap for his watch. Gives details of sexual and emotional abuse by Tommy Hammon [Thomas Hamon]. Comments on Hamon's association with the Ambulance Service [St John's Ambulance]. Events since leaving Care Gives details of inability to keep a job in Jersey between the ages of 18 and 20. Discusses marriage to his first wife with whom he had one son, citing his alcoholism as a factor contributing towards the breakdown of the marriage. Describes leaving Jersey following the breakup of his first marriage and improvement in his drinking habit during second marriage. Returned to Jersey in 1999 following breakup of second marriage, giving details of remarriage and employment history since return to the island. Recalls visiting Dr La Folley of David Place about physical symptoms of sexual abuse, noting Dr La Folley's diagnosis. Names Dr Newstead of Crahamel House, Duhamel Place, St Helier as his doctor at time of statement. Finishes the statement with reflections of the abuse he suffered whilst in care at Haut de la Garenne, blaming the system for allowing abuse to happen. Comments on long term physical and emotional impact of abuse, mentioning impact in respect of Witness 195's alcoholism and marriage problems. [For a copy of this witness statement with different levels of redaction, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/19/WS000200].


Carter, Brian, Detective Constable
Hamon, Thomas
La Folley, Dr
Newstead, Dr
Smith, Charles
Tilbrook, Colin
De La Mare Nurseries
Forum Cinema
Grouville School
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Evening Post
Links Hotel
Operation Rectangle
St Helier Boys' School
St John Ambulance
St Martin's Church
States of Jersey Police
Vauxhall School
West Cinema


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