Digital copy of a witness statement by a former pupil at St Helier Boys' School to States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle. Provided in the presence of Jane Gillham. [Some details redacted].

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June 26th 2008 - June 26th 2008

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Background and Home Life Details early life in Jersey, mentioning secondary education at St Helier Boys' School. Refers to father's alcoholism. Refers to holding dual citizenship with the United Kingdom and [another country]. Institutions Recalls attending St Helier Boys' School with residents from Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Witness 493. Abuse and Consequences Recalls Witness 493 confiding in him about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, and Witness 493's claims that he had been told not to report abuse for fear of punishment in the form of physical abuse. Suggests one of the men abusing Witness 493 was Edward Louis Paisnel. Mentions the cellar in which Witness 493 said he was abused. Recalls Witness 493 revealing he had witnessed [people at Haut de la Garenne] digging a hole in which a missing dead male resident was thought to have been buried. Describes Witness 493's behaviour leading up to his [suicide] at the age of 14.


Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
St Helier Boys School
States of Jersey Police
Gillham, Jane
Paisnel, Edward


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