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Digital copy of Witness 99’s wife’s witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of Witness 99's experiences in care, primarily with reference to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Recorded by DC [Detective Constable] S Monaghan. [Some details redacted]. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 99's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 16 January 2015 [C/D/AW1/B2/4/WS000319]. For Witness 99's witness statements to States of Jersey Police dated between 10 March 2008 and 1 July 2010 see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7].
April 22nd 2009 - April 22nd 2009
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Background and Home Life Refers to her arrival in Jersey in the summer of 1988, and employment in a café or restaurant in St Helier. Details her relationship with Witness 99, their marriage, and their move to the UK. Refers to one of Witness 99’s siblings informing her of Witness 99’s experiences in care, mentioning that it was ten years into their marriage before Witness 99 felt able to confide in her himself. Describes differences between her family and experiences as a child and Witness 99’s experiences. Institutions Refers to Witness 99’s residency in care, mentioning his time at foster care and a children’s home [Haut de la Garenne]. Describes the detention rooms at [Haut de la Garenne], and an incident where Witness 99 watched his sisters leave for a home visit from the window of his detention room. Refers to multiple instances of Witness 99 being caned by staff. Mentions Witness 99 informing her of instances where staff would force him to eat food he didn’t like. Recalls Witness 99 informing her that he was stripped by male and female staff when he refused to dress and undress in front of them. Social Services Suggested Witness 99 should view his [Children’s Services] records. Recalls being informed by Witness 99 that he had no memories of his childhood prior to the age of twelve. Recalls visiting Jersey for a funeral in 2003, during which she and Witness 99 applied to view Witness 99’s records at Social Services. Provides details of Witness 99’s records, mentioning corporal punishment, emotional and physical abuse, Witness 99’s mother, and Witness 99’s childhood social worker [Child Care Officer] Mr [Richard] Davenport. Abuse and consequences Refers to incidents of emotional and physical abuse concerning Witness 99 whilst he was resident at [Haut de la Garenne], on a camping holiday. Refers to Witness 99 being physically abused by his foster father, after which Witness 99 ran away to his mother’s house, before being returned to the foster family by [Richard] Davenport. Recalls Witness 99 telling her about an incident of physical abuse concerning his sister, himself, and a pregnant member of staff. Provides details concerning the experiences of other children [at Haut de la Garenne], mentioning physical abuse by a member of staff named Morag [Jordan]. Refers to Witness 99 informing her of an incident concerning one of his sisters whilst she was in care, mentioning a boy also in care. Refers to an individual being sexually abused at [Haut de la Garenne]. Events after leaving Care Comments on the longer term effects of Witness 99’s experiences at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning difficulties sleeping, and nightmares. Recalls Witness 99’s decision to report his experiences at [Haut de la Garenne] to the Police, prior to the [Historic] Abuse Enquiry entering public knowledge.
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