Comments

Digital copy of Witness 140's third witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of abuse suffered during his time in foster care. Recorded by Detective Constable A Harvey. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/9/WS000467

Date

November 26th 2008 - November 26th 2008

Scope and Content

Refers to a letter dated 19 June 1990 from the Education Department confirming that he was committed to the care of the States of Jersey Education Committee on 7 December 1973 and placed with [his foster family] on 11 December 1981. Outlines purpose of the statement as being to provide more information regarding sexual abuse by his [foster father]. Mentions interview with Detective Constable Harvey and Raymond Alexander, Counsellor from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the witness suite at Plaisance Terrace. Describes finding it helpful being able to speak to police officer from the United Kingdom rather than one from Jersey. Recalls meeting his [foster parents] for the first time whilst at Haut de la Garenne when they looking to adopt or foster a child, and being chosen to be taken out by them on a subsequent visit. Recalls being taken the family home by Mr [Dave] Dallain or a female [Child Care Officer] and being introduced to the foster family, including the [foster parents] and [their children]. Recalls sleeping in [the son's] bedroom on his third stay with the family, and being officially fostered on 11 December 1981 aged 11, approximately six months after first meeting them. Includes recollections of the first family home, commenting on small size of the property given the size of the family. Recalls sharing a room with other children including his [foster brother]. Asserts that he was not abused during initial home visits or whilst living in the first property. Recalls moving to a larger house after one year and includes recollections of the layout of the property. Recalls sharing a bedroom with his [foster brother], providing details about the room and his [foster parents'] bedroom. Provides details about specific incidents of sexual abuse by his [foster father]. Notes that first instance of abuse occurred when Witness 140 was aged 12 or 13 after he had been living with his foster family for 18 months to 2 years. Notes that he was alone in the house with [his foster father] during daytime in his [foster father's] bedroom when first incident happened, and that he was subsequently regularly abused similarly over a period of 12 months. Recalls that after each incident, his [foster father] would threaten Witness 140 by telling him not tell anyone about what happened or he would be sent back to Haut de la Garenne. Also describes being sexually abused at night in the bedroom he shared with his [foster brother]. States to be unsure whether his [foster brother] was in the room at the same time as was abuse was happening. States belief that his abuser was his [foster father] rather than his [foster brother]. Notes that the incidents in his bedroom were more regular than those in his [foster father's] bedroom. Recalls that his [foster father] disappeared from the house one day and did not return, possibly due to him having been arrested. Describes confiding information about sexual abuse by his [foster father] with a female and her response to ask him to not say anything or he would be sent back to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being informed that his [foster father] had been arrested for child abuse, and getting the impression that another child had also been abused by his [foster father]. Asserts to have little knowledge of the court case against his [foster father]. Recalls being asked directly by Mr [Dave] Dallain whether his [foster father] had sexually abused him, and response of Witness 140 to say that he had not due to someone else being the room at the time. Asserts to have never spoken to anyone else about abuse, including wife and relatives, until telling Police Constable [J] Entwistle and Detective Constable Harvey on 29 July 2008. Includes details about care placements and living arrangements following his [foster father's] arrest and conviction. Comments on personal belief that his [foster father] abused other children. Asserts to have had no contact with his [foster brother] since leaving the foster home aged 15. Includes comments about impact of abuse, mentioning difficulties in respect of forming and maintaining relationships, social interactions and mental health problems, including details of a suicide attempt. Refers to being referred to a counsellor and diagnosis of depression, describing sexual abuse as the cause of the depression. Asserts to have no told his GP the reasons for his depression. States wish to receive an apology from his [foster father].

Names

Alexander, Raymond
Dallain, Dave
Entwistle, James, Police Constable
Harvey, Angela, Detective Constable
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police

Keywords

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1 pdf file

Language

English

Level of description

file

Access Restriction

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2100

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