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Digital copy of Witness 99’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 M [Michael] Pick. [Some details redacted].
March 10th 2008 - March 10th 2008
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Background and Home Life Provides details relating to his parents and sisters. Refers to admission to Haut de la Garenne in 1969 with sisters due to the poor condition of his parents’ home. Institutions Describes residency at Haut de la Garenne as horrendous, recalling that he never felt able to relax with staff and other residents. Refers to his bedroom and the boot room in Aviemore [Group], adjacent to the showers. Refers to Baintree, Claymore, and Dunluce groups. Details education at Grouville School until 1974, after which he was transferred to another institution due to his behaviour. Describes night time routine at Haut de la Garenne, where once in bed, children were not allowed to talk to one another. Recalls needing to seek permission before going to the toilet. Recalls the intercom system that allowed staff to listen to the children throughout Haut de la Garenne to determine whether the children were out of bed or talking. Recalls Mr [Colin] Tilbrook and Mr [Jim] Thompson [Thomson] as amongst the heads [Superintendents] at Haut de la Garenne. Describes Morag [Jordan née Kidd]’s behaviour and physical appearance. Provides positive and negative recollections of other staff. Lists children at Haut de la Garenne. Describes memories of being placed in the detention rooms, recalling their location, large unbreakable windows, the fixed bed, and the toilet in the corner. Provides recollection of watching his sisters leaving Haut de la Garenne for a weekend visit home whilst he was in the detention cells. Mentions another resident setting fire to one of the cells. Comments on the use of the detention cells as rooms in which children would be placed if they were not allowed to visit their homes over the weekend. Questions why a children’s home would require detention cells. Refers to children being made to wear their pyjamas whilst in the detention cells, theorising that this was a method of preventing children from running away. Describes the children at Haut de la Garenne as having raised themselves, due to the inadequacies of staff. Recalls being re-served the same food if he did not eat it when first served to him. Recalls staying in the staff quarters used by two members of staff on occasion, mentioning that he would sleep on the floor, and would be accompanied by other children. Expresses confusion as to whether these occasions were treats or not. Recalls being fostered at the age of 14 in 1981 by a family who forced him to work before and after school. Left the family 18 months to two years later. Recalls taking part in a fight involving two male Haut de la Garenne residents, after which the police were called to photograph one of the other resident’s injuries. Social Services Names his social worker [Child Care Officer] as Mr [Richard] Davenport. Reflects on reporting treatment at Haut de la Garenne to [Richard] Davenport, and [Richard] Davenport would returning him to Haut de la Garenne where Witness 99 would receive further punishment. Abuse and consequences Details physical abuse by a member of staff. Recalls being caned by [Jim] Thompson [Thomson], [Deputy Superintendent] Mr [William Allan] Gilbert, and another member of staff. Mentions being caned for his response to the death of his great grandfather, and injuries caused by caning. Refers to being caned for not finishing meals. Describes physical abuse by two members of staff on a camping trip at Greve De L’Ecq [Greve de Lecq]. Recalls a member of staff physically abusing Witness 99’s sister during a holiday to the New Forest in 1978 or 1979, and receiving physical abuse when he intervened on his sister’s behalf. Recalls physical and sexual abuse by two members of staff in the boot room in Aviemore. Describes receiving emotional and physical abuse by the night nurse after he reported to her that he had soiled himself during the night. Recalls physical abuse by staff whilst on a trip to Guernsey. Describes circumstances leading up to the physical abuse, mentioning other boys scrumping apples, being forcibly stripped by staff, and ripping a tent with a knife. Recalls physical abuse by staff whilst placed in the detention cells. Describes physical abuse by a pregnant member of staff and another member of staff following an argument with the pregnant member of staff. Refers to physical abuse by the family who fostered him when he was 14.
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