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Digital copy of Exhibit 3: Witness 341’s witness statement to States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] Sztyber-Omer. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 341's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 10 January 2015 [C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/WS000535]. For Witness 341's statement to States of Jersey Police dated 10 March 2008 see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/25/WS000242.
March 10th 2008 - March 10th 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in 1956 in Jersey. Describes father as an alcoholic, and mentions mother’s work to support the family. Institutions Details being sent to Brig-Y-Don Children’s Home for six or seven months, before moving to Haut de la Garenne at the age of approximately seven with his brothers, whilst his sisters were sent elsewhere. Describes being separated from his brothers upon his arrival at Haut de la Garenne, and being taken to a dormitory by a female member of staff. Describes dormitory where fifteen male residents slept. Details strict regime at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning baths, showers. Recalls other residents at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning his best friend, and their friendship prior to, and after, their admission to Haut de la Garenne. Discusses change in his best friend during his residency at Haut de la Garenne, and his best friend’s suicide at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions that his best friend’s distress at being regularly threatened with Borstal. Comments on effect of his best friend’s death on his best friend’s brother. Mentions education at Grouville School. Recalls being taken with his brothers for weekends to a house of a couple. Mentions the couple’s own children, and punishments distributed for his and his brother’s mistakes. Comments on worsening behaviour due to abuse at the house where he spent weekends, mentioning absconding, and his transfer to Basil Lodge [Hostel] at the age of 14. Abuse and consequences Details regular physical abuse of residents by staff, specifying one member of staff in particular with regards to digging ice out of a drain. Describes regular sexual abuse in the dormitory. Witnessed the rape of a resident, and comments on the emotional consequences of the rape on the resident. Details regular sexual abuse of Witness 341 and other male residents by a female member of staff. Details physical abuse by another female member of staff. Recalls witnessing [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook physically abuse a female resident. Details regular sexual abuse of female residents by male members of staff, mentioning pregnancies. Alleges that staff performed abortions at Haut de la Garenne. Discusses sexual abuse of female residents by male residents due to the male residents having learnt the abusive behaviour from staff. Recalls boys going to see an individual at Grouville School with physical health problems as a result of sexual abuse. Discusses physical abuse by [Colin] Tilbrook in the shower, and the distress of a female resident also present. Describes being physically abused by [Colin] Tilbrook and two other members of staff in an underground room at Haut de la Garenne. Believes his best friend was also being abused at Haut de la Garenne. Describes physical and sexual abuse [at the house of the couple where he would stay on weekends]. Discusses confiding in a woman about abuse at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning that the woman told him she could not do anything to stop the abuse as she would have been sacked or assaulted. Told Child Care Officer [Jim] Thomson, described as the Head of Social Services, that he needed to stop visiting the couple at weekends. Reports that [Jim] Thomson accused Witness 341 of lying about the abuse. Recalls confiding in Ian Smith [C A Smith], the head of Children’s Services, as well as Child Care Officer [Hal] Coomer and [Children’s Officer] [Patricia] Thornton, and their lack of appropriate response. Refers to kindness of [Child Care Officer] Miss [Mrs] Bygraves when he confided in her. Refers to need for surgery due to physical abuse. Comments on difficulties in relationships due to emotional abuse. Events after leaving care Refers to consequences of abuse on his behaviour as an adult, mentioning alcohol and drugs, and involvement in crime. Describes childhood experiences as scarring him emotionally and physically. Refers to pictures of underground rooms [at Haut de la Garenne] with a bath tub inside, as shown on the television. For a copy of this witness statement see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/25/WS000242.
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