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Digital copy of a Letter from Witness 359 to the States of Jersey Police regarding abuse at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 359's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 1 May 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/40/WS000207.
February 29th 2008 - February 29th 2008
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Notes Witness 359's residence at a prison. Refers to investigation into abuse of residents at Haut de la Garenne Children's Home, noting effect of invoking memories from his childhood. Describes running away from home to Jersey in late 1969 when aged 15, recalling handing himself into the police when he ran out of money. Described being sent to Haut de la Garenne for two days until arrangements could be made to return Witness 359 home. Includes recollections of Haut de la Garenne, recalling being kept in sick room, only being allowed out for meal times and a short period in evenings. Describes being sexually abused by a male on both nights that he was at Haut de la Garenne. Also recalls being indecently assaulted by a doctor. Includes recollections of other children in resident, including a boy who asked him whether a male had visited his room and a girl who he asked to see before leaving Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being told that he could not see the girl because she had been locked up downstairs for misbehaviour, commenting on possibility that downstairs was a reference to cellars. Describes being sexually abused by a Probation Officer who escorted him from Haut de la Garenne to an Airport [in the United Kingdom] whilst en route to [Jersey] Airport. Refers to his distrust for people in authority and suspicion shown towards offers of help. Describes abuse suffered at Haut de la Garenne as the worst he suffered in his life, despite shortness of stay at the Home. Notes to have not returned to Jersey since 1969. Also includes comments about the male who abused him at Haut de la Garenne, questioning whether he was a member of staff or a visitor.
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