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Digital copy of Witness 339’s witness statement to States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences of her father, who was employed at Haut de la Garenne during the 1960s. Signature witnessed by Detective Constable J Singleton. [Some details redacted].
April 22nd 2009 - April 22nd 2009
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Refers to discussion with plain clothed police officers at the Rouge Bouillon Police station dated 29 November 2007 regarding her residency at Haut de la Garenne. Details contact with States of Jersey Police by email on 2 March 2009 regarding a film sent to the Police by Witness 339’s brother, mentioning a concern the film might enter the public domain. Describes footage as being of Haut de la Garenne during the 1960s, containing images of Witness 339 as a child. Refers to knowledge that her father [a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne during the 1960s] had been spoken to by [States of] Jersey Police officers, mentioning father being regarded as a suspect in a number of abuse allegations. Details feeling that she needed to let the Police know about her father’s nature, and telephone conversation with Detective Constable Singleton dated 14 March 2009. Explains feeling as though it is her duty to help [former Haut de la Garenne residents alleging abuse by her father when under his care] and bring her father to justice if he has committed the offences of abuse alleged. Comments that there is nothing that her father could be accused of that would surprise her. Background and Home Life Describes father’s violent nature, and notes his alcoholism. Recalls leaving Haut de la Garenne at the age of three or four when her family left the island. Recalls a swimming pool and an old tractor type vehicle parked in the grounds at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls a family at Haut de la Garenne with whom her family has occasionally kept in touch, mentioning that the parents were also employed at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions an individual whose mother also worked at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls father spending little time with the family during his tenure at Haut de la Garenne, but remembers him shouting at them. Recalls father’s depression and fights with her mother. Mentions suggestion by her mother that the family left Haut de la Garenne due to more than an issue of residency. Describes fear of father, and efforts made to avoid him during the day. Recalls that her father only appeared to respect one of her brothers. Describes fear of going upstairs when father was also there. Recalls leaving home for college at the age of 16. Recalls that her father kept a piece of wood in the car in case he needed to hit someone with it. Comments on the rows of pins stuck by her father into the lapels of his suit jacket, and his advice to Witness 339 as to how she should protect herself, mentioning a packet of polos and a razor. Institutions Does not personally recall from memory any children being injured or assaulted at Haut de la Garenne, but recalls stories told by her parents [about residents]. Cites reason for her parents leaving Haut de la Garenne due to their inability to acquire citizenship in Jersey, recalling that the family stayed with her grandparents for a brief time after leaving Jersey. Refers to father’s negative descriptions of children resident at Haut de la Garenne. Abuse and consequences Experienced regular emotional and physical abuse by father throughout childhood. Describes instances of sexual abuse whilst crawling up the stairs. Recalls physical abuse of mother by father, and instance of physical abuse of father by mother. Describes regular emotional and physical abuse by father towards her siblings. Recalls incident in which her father threatened to kill the family and himself with his shotgun. Details events of party held for Witness 338’s 18th birthday, during which her father became drunk and violent. Mentions presence of mother’s colleagues, brother’s friends, and Witness 339’s boyfriend. Details circumstances surrounding argument between mother and father, and brother’s intervention. Recalls threat made by father towards brother, and brother subsequently running away. Recalls finding a guest hiding from Witness 339’s father in a ditch, and the guest telling Witness 339 and another of her brother’s that Witness 339’s father had a gun and was threatening to kill their mother. Describes relieving father of shotgun cartridges, and threats made on the life of Witness 339’s mother and brother. Describes father threatening to shoot a female guest at the party. Recalls father’s threats towards Witness 339, her mother, brother, and boyfriend. Recounts father’s decision to go to bed in the early hours of the morning, and the rest of the family sleeping in the barn next to the house due to their fear. Recalls father’s claim to know nothing of these events when they were discussed the following morning. Details her own appearance in a photograph from Haut de la Garenne, in which she has an injury to her right eye at the age of three or four years old. Mentions that her mother had previously informed her that her father had caused the injury with a hammer. Comments on the dislocation of her brother’s arm when he was a year old, due to her father pulling her brother’s arm too hard. Comments on concern raised at the hospital due to both Witness 339 and her brother suffering injuries caused by their father in a short space of time. Refers to mother mentioning complaints about her father from a male resident at Haut de la Garenne, claiming that the father had threatened to kill him. Comments on father’s threats of physical abuse against Witness 339’s son. Describes finding father creeping about the house when Witness 339 was home alone, and her initial belief that the person creeping around the house was a stranger. Recalls fetching her father’s shotgun to protect herself before discovering that is was her father. Describes dreams during childhood where her father was present as Witness 339 was abused by another man. Events after leaving care Details lack of emotional conflict in supporting a prosecution of her father for his abuse of her, but mentions concerns regarding her employment. Recalls discussing her father with one of her brothers in 2008 at the beginning into the investigation [into child abuse at Haut de la Garenne]. Comments how both she and her brother remarked that they would be surprised if no one made an allegation of abuse against their father. Agrees to give evidence in a prosecution case against her father if required.
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