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Digital copy of Witness 340’s first witness statement to States of Jersey Police 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. Signature witnessed by Detective Constable Harvey. [Some details redacted].
July 9th 2008 - July 9th 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in Jersey, and lists parents and siblings. Recalls strict upbringing with mother, and speculates mother may have had post-natal depression. Mentions misbehaving at school due to poor home circumstances, drawing the attention of Social Services. Institutions Describes fear upon admission to Haut de la Garenne on 15 October 1959 at the age of 9. Describes the main doors at Haut de la Garenne, and the removal of her personal property upon arrival. Notes finding other children in the lounge, and her concerns regarding the established pecking order between residents. Mentions the splitting of residents in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups. Recalls being admitted into the Junior group. Recalls initial [Superintendent] [George] Maggs, and a housemother. Recalls [Colin] Tilbrook succeeding [George] Maggs [as Superintendent], and the arrival of other members of staff. Describes the houseparents of the Intermediate group, mentioning their particularly cruel treatment of children. Recalls that the houseparents used to live in a flat off Witness 340’s dormitory, which was on the first floor on the left hand side. Also recalls the cellars at Haut de la Garenne. Notes that the detention cells had not been built during her time at Haut de la Garenne. Lists other children in care with Witness 340. Mentions that she never had friends at Haut de la Garenne. Describes daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning showers, breakfast in the dining room, school, chores, watching television and other activities. Recalls occasionally being locked in the lounge for around half an hour without explanation, and being expected to watch and pay attention to the evening news reports. Describes bedtime routine, during which the girls in Witness 340’s dormitory would line up at the sinks to be inspected by a female member of staff who would check their hands and ears. Mentions the presence of the female member of staff’s husband, himself a member of staff, on occasions where there was trouble. Recounts hearing shouting and screaming during the night, doors banging and footsteps in the corridor. Comments on being woken up regularly by members of staff who would enter the dormitory and tip residents out of bed. Refers to staff responsible as [Colin Tilbrook] the married male and female members of staff mentioned above, and others. Lists punishments, including having her privileges removed. Witnessed boys being caned by [Colin] Tilbrook in his office. Recalls absconding from Haut de la Garenne with another individual, and mother and father’s response. Details being collected from town by [Colin] Tilbrook, and being punished with the removal of her privileges and the placement of her bed outside her dormitory. Recounts injury caused by hitting her head on a swing, and members of staff stitching the wound on her head themselves. Mentions attempting to protect younger children, and those who wet the bed. Recalls starting her period whilst at Haut de la Garenne, and the insensitive nature with which staff responded, describing the situation as humiliating. Details home visits to mother after a year at Haut de la Garenne. Social Services Refers to Child Care Officer Mrs Nightingale’s decision to remove Witness 340 from her family home into Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being told that Haut de la Garenne was a holiday camp. Abuse and consequences Recalls physical abuse by mother, due to which Witness 340 started misbehaving at school. Describes emotional abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls instances of bedtime inspections at the sinks of her dormitory where Witness 340 and other female residents would be naked, mentioning the presence of a male and female member of staff. Comments on frequent punishment of being locked in the bathroom with the lights off if she didn’t eat her dinner. Mentions that she was locked in over weekends. Recalls attempting to smuggle a note to the Child Care Officer regarding the punishment, and the confiscation of the note. Also recalls being locked in a small room with a chair and no windows in the Intermediate dormitory area. Events after leaving care Left Haut de la Garenne and returned to the care of her parents at the age of 15, before moving out on her own some years later. Recalls hearing of the news reports regarding Haut de la Garenne, and her shock at the discovery of teeth. Explains that due to her experiences at Haut de la Garenne she finds it difficult to settle down in relationships and trust others. Mentions possibility of contacting a counsellor in the future, as suggested by Police. Provides permission for Police to obtain her medical records and use them as part of the case should they be required.
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