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Digital copy of Witness 400's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care, primarily with reference to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by Detective Constable [Gina] Barclay. [Some details redacted].
March 6th 2008 - March 6th 2008
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Background and Home Life Gives details of family background, referring to having a number of siblings and half siblings. Born in 1960, recalls being placed in a crèche before the age of 4, mentioning Westaway [Crèche], Rouge Bouillon, before placement at Haut de la Garenne with some of his siblings. Asserts unawareness of reason cited for being put into care. Recalls being at Haut de la Garenne until aged 6 before returning to live with his family until parents' separation in 1971. Lived with his father thereafter, descibring how he and his siblings were then placed in a foster home in St John for a short period after intervention by the authorities. Describes dislike of foster home and subsequent return to Haut de la Garenne where he remained until aged 15. Institutions Includes references to his time at Westaway Crèche, Haut de la Garenne and a foster home in St John. Includes recollections of first stay at Haut de la Garenne, naming Colin Tilbrook [Superintendent] as being in charge. Recalls being visited at Haut de la Garenne by a man referred to as Uncle Ted, and subsequently learning that this was a name used by the Jersey Beast [Edward Paisnel] when visiting Haut de la Garenne. No recollections of being abused during this first period at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on press coverage of the investigation into events at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning tunnels underneath Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being taken down into those tunnels, stating to have no memory of who took him down or what happened whilst he was in the tunnels. Asserts surety that he was not abused in the tunnels. Also includes recollections of second period at Haut de la Garenne, recalling placement in a group where the dormitory was located above the cellars. Describes being transferred to a group for older boys. Includes recollections of members of staff including Tilbrook, Mr [Ray] Williams, Mr [Gordon] Wateridge, Morag Kidd and Jim Thompson [Thomson]. Recalls Wateridge replacing Williams as head of D Group, and Kidd being head of another group. Recalls siblings also in residence during this second period. Asserts to have no knowledge of any cellars at Haut de la Garenne, recalling a small room where Witness 400 used to brew ginger beer in in 1971 or 1972 when aged 11. Comments on media coverage stating that this room was the entrance to the tunnels, asserting that it had been bricked up by the time he was at Haut de la Garenne. Notes that [Paisnel] was a builder by trade. Includes recollections of other children in residence at the same time as Witness 400, including friends of Witness 400. Children's Services Refers to the role of the Childcare Officer [the Children's Officer], naming Patricia Thornton and Charles Smith as holders of this position. States to have had no problem with Thornton, Smith or Children's Services staff. Abuse and Consequences Recalls witnessing Wateridge and a friend of Wateridge sexually abuse a girl on the snooker table in the senior boys' recreation room in 1973 or 1974. Notes that the incident continued after Witness 400 entered the room, commenting on lack of concern expressed by Wateridge and the other male upon Witness 400 entering the room. Describes the other male, recalling that he had younger siblings who residents at Haut de la Garenne. Notes wish to not name the girl in question but states to have contacted her about the incident, mentioning her assurance that she was not abused whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being sexually abused by a female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne when aged 12. Reflects on the incident, noting realisation in hindsight that the incident should not have happened. States wish to not make any sort of formal complaint about the incident. Comments on punishments at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning corporal punishment in the form of caning administered by staff including Tilbrook. Expresses opinion that caning does not constitute physical abuse citing it as having been common practice when Witness 400 was a child. Recalls being placed in the detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne as punishment for misbehaviour. Includes a description of the detention rooms, including facilities and treatment received from staff therein. Events since leaving Care Describes contact with a former female resident since the commencement of the [police] investigation and media coverage surrounding Haut de la Garenne via a site on Facebook established by her. Asserts to have not discussed any allegations of abuse with the female. Claims to be only one of four people registered on the site. Gives details of contact with the press, asserting to have given no interviews other than to state that his experiences in care were good. Comments on possibility that he mentioned the incident relating to the snooker table to one individual, but asserts to have mentioned no names. Statement finishes with his assessment on his experiences whilst in the care system, asserting have not been affected mentally or physically by his experiences.
Barclay, Gina, Detective Constable
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