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Digital copy of Exhibit 4: 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; Victim Personal statement of Witness. Provided in relation to experiences in care, primarily with reference to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Recorded by PC [Police Constable] [Sian] Gidley; Witness 99’s third 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; and Witness 99’s fourth 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 Detective Constable Alex Le Chevalier. [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].
March 10th 2008 - May 14th 2009
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Witness statement dated 10 March 2008. 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. Victim Impact Statement dated 10 March 2009. Details emotional effects of abuse, citing difficulty sleeping and an inability to forget his experiences at Haut de la Garenne. Witness statement dated 28 March 2009. Institutions Describes location of the boot room at Aviemore, referring to a floor plan provided by Police as exhibit 1. Describes the large white sliding doors of the boot room and rows of residents’ boots. Describes the location of the main toilet and shower area in relation to the boot room. Details positive and negative experiences with staff. Describes one of the members of staff who physically and sexually abused Witness 99 in the boot room, mentioning his attachment to D Group [Dunluce]. Also describes a female member of staff. Describes Morag [Jordan nee Kidd]’s physical appearance and behaviour. Refers to Morag [Jordan] working with D Group [Dunluce]. Names other children at Haut de la Garenne. Social Services Refers to his Social Services [Children’s Services] [client] file. Abuse and consequences Refers to having been asked to provide further detail in relation to an incident Witness 99 had previously described as having taken place in the boot room of Aviemore at Haut de la Garenne [see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000349]. Confirms his age of 9 or 10 during the incident, referring to his school clothes and going to breakfast. Describes argument over whether Witness 99 had washed during which Witness 99 was physically and sexually abused by two members of staff. Recalls other instances of being naked without being able to recall more details. Refers to being forcibly stripped whilst on a camping holiday in Guernsey or the New Forest by three members of staff. Describes being told to undress by another staff member who would then physically abuse Witness 99 with a slipper in Witness 99’s bedroom. Describes witnessing another child’s face being forcibly washed by staff. Details physical abuse by Morag [Jordan], and rumours about Morag [Jordan] physically abusing children. Recalls discovering Morag [Jordan’ dragging a girl by her hair late at night, in the company of a man. Comments on returning straight to bed for fear of corporal punishment with the cane if it was discovered he was out of bed. Recalls physical abuse by members of staff during a trip to the campsite at Greve de L’ecq [Greve de Lecq], later seeking refuge in a tree. Refers to sister’s belief that he was naked at times during this incident. Refers to physical abuse by a female member of staff after Witness 99 was refused permission to accompany his sisters on a visit home, mentioning his placement in the detention room facing the car park. Events after leaving Care Details circumstances surrounding his decision to report the abuse to the Police, mentioning contact with Brian Carter in May or June 2007. Details contact with residents prior to reporting his abuse to Police, mentioning sisters, and instances of bumping into two other former residents. Details contact with sisters and one former resident following his first statement to States of Jersey Police, referring to news reports regarding the discovery of bodies found at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to two of his sisters as members of the [Jersey] Care Leavers Association. Has not spoken to the media and would not even if approached. Witness statement dated 14 May 2009 Confirms receiving explanation regarding the Victim Personal Statement Scheme. Requests Detective Constable Alex Le Chevalier to write the statement on Witness 99’s behalf. Details emotional long term consequences of abuse, mentioning difficulty sleeping, nightmares, anxiety, stress, and a bad temper. Refers to reactions to threats, mentioning vocal aggression, usually towards his wife. Refers to having to live a lie due to hiding his experiences at Haut de la Garenne from his friends. Comments on his need to leave Jersey due to his experiences. For copies of these witness statements see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000349, C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000350, C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000352 and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000353 respectively. Please note, witness statement dated 10 March 2008 and witness statement dated 28 March 2009 differ in the level of redaction present compared to their respective counterparts C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000349 and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/7/WS000532.
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