Digital copy of Witness 173’s 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. [Some details redacted].

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May 15th 2008 - May 15th 2008

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Background and Home Life Born in 1969. Provides details of [siblings] and parents, commenting on the contribution of father's alcoholism following an accident towards Witness 173's parents' divorce. Recalls move to Jersey, later to be joined by [other members of his family]. Details education at Le Rocquier School, mentioning friends such as [a boy resident at Haut de la Garenne] and difficulties with literacy. Comments on the difficulties presented by caring for Witness 173 and his siblings in one house. Recalls incident in which he discovered two individuals in bed together, and the ramifications of this discovery on his family and himself. Remembers arriving at Haut de la Garenne several weeks after the incident, as arranged by Le Rocquier School teacher Tony Crozely [Crowsley]. Institutions Provides recollections of his first impressions of Haut de la Garenne, describing the building and grounds. Recalls the layout of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning the lounge, kitchenette, swimming pool, and bathrooms. Mentions that part of the building may have been about to be used to film the television series Bergerac. Describes initial meetings with [members of staff], noting that all staff dressed casually. Recalls being shown to his bedroom, and sharing with a boy who may have been his friend from Le Rocquier School. Provides details regarding other Haut de la Garenne residents, specifying a boy and a girl he assumed were a couple. Details the routine, mentioning school, mealtimes, transport, playtime, and the routine before bed. Comments on the use of the detention rooms as a punishment for residents, as well as groundings and taps behind the ears. Does not recall members of staff physically abusing any of the children. Describes incident involving a video player and tapes that led to Witness 173 being placed in the detention rooms by members of Haut de la Garenne staff. Comments on circumstances surrounding his discharge from care at Haut de la Garenne soon after. Abuse and Consequences Describes sexual abuse by a girl in the swimming pool at Haut de la Garenne. Recounts sexual abuse whilst in the detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne, and the physical consequences of the abuse. Mentions that he felt too ashamed to report the abuse of staff or Dad. Reported abuse to his counsellor, the Police, and possibly to his friend who attended Le Rocquier School and also resided at Haut de la Garenne. Provides details of the emotional consequences of abuse at Haut de la Garenne, and his subsequent reluctance to be close to people or to get into trouble. Details consequences of emotional abuse by his family in response to his discovery of two individuals in bed together. Events after leaving Care Left Haut de la Garenne to live with his father, and left Jersey at age 23. Reported abuse at Haut de la Garenne to his father and another individual, as a result of the investigation into Haut de la Garenne [Operation Rectangle]. Advises his willingness to attend court if necessary, and for the police to access his medical records. Believes he will need to return to Haut de la Garenne as part of his recovery process. Comments on his step mother's assertion that Witness 173 was not a resident at Haut de la Garenne. Provides the names of friends from school that he has recalled since speaking to Police. Refers to plans of Haut de la Garenne, entered as Exhibits, and handed to DC [Detective Constable] Holmes.


Gorey Castle
Haut de la Garenne
Le Rocquier School
Operation Rectangle
Social Services
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Crowsley, Tony
Holmes, Detective Constable


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