Digital copy of Witness 484's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences in care, primarily with reference to her time at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by Police Constable [Sian] Gidley. [Some details redacted].

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February 16th 2008 - February 16th 2008

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Notes that she was born in 1953 and lived at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Colin Tilbrook. Recalls spending most of her time at Haut de la Garenne with the other children in the home, describing her upbringing as a weird existence. Includes recollections about rules at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on mealtimes. Notes how children were never given a choice as to what they were eating and recalls being given unwanted food repeatedly until it was finished. Describes life at Haut de la Garenne as disciplined and regimented, attributing this to a male member of staff. Includes a description of the man, describing him as domineering, aggressive, violent and highly critical. Asserts to have never been made aware nor subject to subject abuse, but recalls the male staff member physically and emotional abusing Witness 484 and children in the home. Includes memories of new wing at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on its contemporary usage as a special needs centre. Recalls the wing having two detention rooms situated by the garages used to put children in who absconded from Haut de la Garenne. Includes a description of detention rooms, mentioning facilities, rules and routine, comparing the rooms to prison cells. Gives details of the male staff member's relationship with a female non-staff member, recalling being taken out by them with other children from the home to St Aubin's Fort on a sailing weekend and witnessing them being in the same bed together. Recalls the man asking Witness 484 inappropriate sexual questions about her relationship history. Describes leaving Jersey in 1969, returning to the island for two weeks a year and inappropriate comments made by the man upon seeing him. Gives details of sexual abuse by the female non-staff member, describing incitement to sexual activity when Witness 484 was aged 16. Includes discussion about inappropriate sexual comments made by the male staff member and the female non-staff member. Comments on the marriage of the male staff member and the female non-staff member in 1975, describing the wedding as farcical, suggesting it was a means of facilitating the adoption of a girl. Includes recollections of other members of staff, including couples who resided at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on staff turnover at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning the sudden disappearance of staff without notice. Also includes recollections of children in residence at Haut de la Garenne, including a girl with an illness and an older boy with whom the male staff member encouraged Witness 484 to be friendly. Statement finishes with Witness 484 reflecting on her experiences during her childhood at Haut de la Garenne. Describes the home as a punishment for the children sent there, commenting on lack of care or love shown for children at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on impact of experiences in childhood, mentioning reception of counselling due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem due to feelings of worthlessness from childhood. Also refers to insomnia and various other problems for which Witness 484 has received professional help and learnt to deal with by cutting off links to her family.


Gidley, Sian, Police Constable
Tilbrook, Colin
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
St Aubin's Fort
States of Jersey Police


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