Digital copy of Witness 485's first 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. Recorded by [Civilian Investigator] M [Michael] Pick. [Some details redacted].

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January 31st 2008 - January 31st 2008

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Recalls moving to Jersey with his family when he was aged 2. Recalls eating his meals and mixing with other residents at Haut de la Garenne. Details the structure and organisation of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning division into different age groups including the West Wing, intermediates and seniors. Notes that after 18 years of age, resident children would leave Haut de la Garenne or be sent to prison or borstal. Includes positive recollections of Christmas time at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning presents, Christmas meal, a tradition involving a Christrmas pudding, and appearances by Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Includes recollections about rules at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on mealtimes. Recalls children being given unwanted food repeatedly until it was finished. Recalls getting a scar on his hand after trying to cut a stale loaf of bread for want of getting something to eat. Recalls daily routine of staff checking the children's shoes and hands before being allowed to leave Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being made to watch the news on the television and being asked questions on the broadcasted news, noting that children were punished if they could not answer. Provides a description of a male staff member, describing him as dominant. Recalls incident whereby Witnes 485 was physically abused by the male staff member when he was aged 7 after tethering a pigeon. Describes injuries sustained by abuse, noting that he had to go to hospital for treatment on his hand or arm. Includes recollections of other members of staff and their families, including a male and his wife and son with whom Witness 485 would play scalextric, kitchen staff and another couple with children. Recalls there being two cells at Haut de la Garenne. Notes that each cell had bulletproof glass and radiators with bars, recalling an incident whereby a male resident was placed in a cell after absconding and pulled off one of the radiators bars. Notes that children were placed in the cell for weeks, commenting on lack of facilities therein. Includes a description of detention rooms, mentioning facilities, sleeping arrangements and furnishings. Refers to daily routine at Haut de la Garenne as regimented, mentioning chores. Asserts to have no specific recollection of witnessing punishment of other children, commenting on authority and discipline of the male staff member. Recalls incident whereby a female resident was admonished and placed in the cell after absconding from Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being taken to St Aubin's Fort to do activities such as sailing and abseiling. Notes that there was no gender segregation of sleeping arrangements of children during these trips, commenting on sexual activity between a female resident and Witness 485 when he was aged 13 or 14. Includes recollections of other children in residence at the home, referring to a high turnover of residents. Provides context behind decision to contact the Police, noting him being informed by his sister about the investigation into Haut de la Garenne, mentioning a website address sent ot him via email by his sister. Notes that he was abused at Haut de la Garenne. Gives details of sexual abuse by a female non-staff member when Witness 485 was aged 14. Recalls being given alcohol to drink at a campsite and witnessing the female staff member sexually abuse a male resident before himself being sexually abused by her. Also recalls the male staff member incting Witness 485 to engage in sexual activity with the female non-staff member, describing being uncomfortable with the situation. Also recalls being take to a naturist camp and further incidents of sexual abuse by the female non-staff member, comparing experiences to events in the film The Graduate. Also gives details of sexual abuse by a female staff member aged between 20 and 30 years old when Witness 485 was aged 15. Recalls conversation with a school friend, referring to the end of his friendship with him upon discovering that the female non-staff member had had sexual intercourse with him. Recalls visits by individuals who would involve themselves in sexual activities, and visits by social workers whilst in residence at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls numerous occasions whereby he took part in sexual activity in the presence of the female non-staff member involving her friends. Describes being told by a female resident who had been physically abused by her mother or another relative that the female non-staff member had abused her from the age of 6, asserting that he never witnessed the abuse. Describes breaking off contact with the male staff member when Witness 485 was in his early 20s, recalling attending his funeral to make sure that he was dead. Recalls discovering a hole in the attic floorboards above the intermediate girls' bathrooms, commenting on access to the attic and the nature of the hole. Statement finishes with Witness 485 reflecting on her experiences during his childhood at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on impact of abuse by the female non-staff member on Witness 485's relationships with women. Refers to disclosure of abuse suffered to his psychologist, commenting on detail given on that occasion.


Pick, Michael, Civilian Investigator
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
St Aubin's Fort
States of Jersey Police


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