Comments

Digital copy of Witness 182's Application Form and Supporting Documentation to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. As supplied by Lacey Advocates. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 182's witness statements to States of Jersey Police see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/16.

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Reference

C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/23/WD003235

Date

1982 - May 14th 2012

Scope and Content

1. Application Form to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Includes personal details about Witness 182, including year and place of birth. Names Alan Collins of Pannone LLP as her solicitor. Provides details of care, mentioning residence at Haut de la Garenne between circa 1978 to 1983. Refers to relevant family background information in her Children's Services [client] file and her statement[s to States of Jersey Police]. Refers to emotional, physical and sexual abuse taking place between circa 1978 to 1983, as detailed in her letter of claim dated 15 February 2011 and statement [to States of Jersey Police] dated 8 August 2009, as well as a medical-legal report by Professor A [Anthony] Madden [Maden] dated 3 October 2011. Refers to earlier disclosure regarding abuse that was not believed. Confirms the provision of evidence in criminal proceedings in relation to abuse, noting a letter of claim sent to Mourant Ozannes dated 15 February 2011 and a second letter of claim also dated 15 February 2011. Declaration of truthfulness signed by Witness 182 on 14 May 2012. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: 2. Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records signed by Witness 182 on 14 May 2012. 3. Letter of claim by Verisona [Law] on behalf of Witness 182, to Advocate B Lacey of Mourant Ozannes, dated 15 February 2011. 4. Letter from Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Secretary Peter Monamy to Witness 182 dated 24 May 2010 regarding Witness 182's completed application form under the Jersey Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. 5. Letter from Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Secretary Peter Monamy to Witness 182 dated 3 June 2010 regarding Witness 182's application to the Jersey Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. 6. Digital copy of Witness 182’s first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences as a child, referencing her time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Recorded by DC [Detective Constable] 663 Kim Newth. Dated 8 August 2009. Background and Home Life Refers to statement concerning her complaint regarding her adopted father. Born in 1967, and raised by her mother and adopted father; moved to Jersey at the age of five or six. Lists her mother and adopted father’s children. Refers to the difficulties in her mother’s relationship with Witness 182’s adopted father, mentioning emotional and physical abuse, and the intervention of the police. Describes her affection for her mother as a child, and her different view as an adult. Recalls a restraining order being placed on her mother during Witness 182’s childhood, and Witness 182’s mother being taken away. Describes her adopted father, making note of his infidelity. Refers to her mother’s distress at being separated from her children, and her subsequent remarriage, children, and later death. Refers to her adopted father’s second partner. Institutions Details separation of her mother and her adopted father, and a move to a home for single mothers known as Elizabeth House. Recalls living at Elizabeth House with her mother and a younger sibling before moving to States [of Jersey] accommodation for several years. Recalls admissions to La Preference [Children’s Home] and Brig Y Don [Children's Home] during her mother’s mental health difficulties, later transferring to Haut de la Garenne at the age of eleven or twelve. Recalls staying at Haut de la Garenne until the age of fifteen, before being fostered out. Describes Haut de la Garenne staff as general supportive, noting their difficulties in managing up to sixty children. Details policy of alternating weekends during which older children would be allowed to visit town in the evenings. Refers to her adopted father winning custody of Witness 182 and her siblings, and Witness 182 choosing to remain at Haut de la Garenne. Describes a sexual relationship with a boy who did not live at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Fort Regent. Refers to a male resident at Haut de la Garenne reporting the relationship to Haut de la Garenne staff, leading to Witness 182 being interviewed by Police regarding previous sexual activity. Abuse and consequences Details incident referred to by Police involving a female friend also resident at Haut de la Garenne, in which Witness 182 and her friend called Witness 182’s adopted father for a lift back to Haut de la Garenne late at night. Recalls having already confided in her friend about abuse by her adopted father, and warning her friend not to sit in the front of her adopted father’s car. Refers to her friend sitting in the front of Witness 182’s adopted father’s car. Refers to allegation made by Witness 182’s friend that she was sexually abused in the car by Witness 182’s adopted father. Provides details of sexual abuse by Witness 182’s adopted father, before her admission into care, and during. Refers to examination at the Police Station regarding her sexual history, and comments by Police and Haut de la Garenne staff regarding what they deemed to be the provocative nature of her clothing. Recalls telling the Police about sexual abuse by her adopted father, only to be told that they did not believe her. Believes that her younger sister was also examined by the Police Doctor with regards to potential sexual abuse, and that her adopted father was remanded in custody for a night. Recalls telephone call from Witness 182’s adopted father’s mother, and her support for Witness 182. Confided in a counsellor about the abuse, following a nervous breakdown, as well as a member of Haut de la Garenne staff and close friends. Questions whether she could have prevented the abuse towards herself, or whether in doing so she would have left her younger sister vulnerable to abuse. Refers to her difficulties in trusting men, and sustaining relationships, due to abuse by her adopted father. Comments on the length of time taken for her to feel comfortable living with another person, or having someone approach her whilst she was sleeping. 7. Digital copy of Witness 182’s second witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences as a child. Recorded by [Detective Constable 663] Kim Newth. Dated 25 August 2009. Refers to previous statement to States of Jersey Police regarding abuse by her adopted father. Mentions visit to a property in which she lived as a child, organised by DC [Detective Constable] Kim Newth and CI [Civilian Investigator] [M] Cane. 8. Digital copy of Witness 182’s third witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences as a child, referencing her time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Recorded by CI [Civilian Investigator] Valerie Davidson. Dated 1 October 2009. Background and Home Life Refers to previous statement to States of Jersey Police concerning abuse by her stepfather [adopted father]. Institutions Refers to residency at Elizabeth House at the age of eleven, before moving, and transferring to Le Rocquier School for her education. Remained at Le Rocquier School until she was fostered at the age of fifteen. Social Services Refers to letters written to her mother, as found in her Social Services [Children’s Services client] file. Abuse and consequences Details sexual abuse by her stepfather. Refers to reluctance to confide in her mother about the abuse, and her change in the perception of her mother between her childhood and adulthood. Reported abuse to the Police in 1982. Recalls being taken to the Police Station at Rouge Bouillon with a member of Haut de la Garenne staff, and an interview taking place. Recalls that one of the officers present was male. Describes interview relating to Witness 182’s sexual relationship with a male [not resident at Haut de la Garenne]. Recalls an examination by the [Police] doctor, after which Witness 182 and the member of Haut de la Garenne staff spoke about the results of the examination. Recalls the member of staff asking whether Witness 182 had been [sexually abused] by Phil Le Baile [Le Bail], also a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Told the member of staff that her abuser was her stepfather. Comments that neither the member of staff nor the police officers believed that Witness 182 had been abused. Recalls their inference that Witness 182’s behaviour and clothing was provocative. Recalls being informed that her stepfather had been taken into custody, and that her younger sister had also been examined by the [Police] doctor. Reveals that she told the police officers she had been lying about abuse by her stepfather, due to the police officers and the member of Haut de la Garenne staff not believing her version of events. Does not recall making two statements to [States of Jersey] Police in 1982. Comments that her statements to States of Jersey Police in April 1982 were more accurate than her later statements due to being given soon after she had been abused. Refers to her statement to Police dated August 2009, in which she was not asked about her statement from 1982. Refers to approach made by Police regarding allegations of abuse made by a female friend of Witness 182’s from Haut de la Garenne regarding Witness 182’s stepfather. Instructed officers that Witness 182 had been abused by her stepfather and did not wish to talk about the abuse at this time, but later recanted. Events after leaving Care Provides details of her employment history. Confirms lack of contact with her younger sister since Witness 182 was twenty years old, and her lack of contact with other members of her family. 9. Digital copy of the Victim Impact Statement of Witness 182 to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences as a child, referencing her time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Dated 8 May 2010. Details emotional, physical and social effects of abuse. Includes statement concerning abuse by her [stepfather]. Describes mother's relationship with Witness 182's [stepfather]. Refers to sexual abuse throughout her childhood by her [stepfather]. Describes feeling guilt and shame as an adult as a consequence of the abuse, and refers to feeling at the time that she would not have been believed, referencing her mother and a statement to Police dated 1982. Criticises Children's Services for not realising that Witness 182's [stepfather] was sexually abusing her, referencing her decision to remain at Haut de la Garenne in order to avoid living with her [stepfather] fulltime. Describes her conflicted feelings about returning to visit her [stepfather], referring to children craving the care of a family home, and promises by her [stepfather] that the abuse would not continue. Describes her experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning the daily routine. Provides details regarding the circumstances surrounding Witness 182's admission to care at Haut de la Garenne, referring to her health, her mother's illness, and Witness 182's care for her siblings. Refers to her enuresis as a result of her [stepfather's] sexual abuse. Describes her mistrust in authorities, due to her complaints of abuse in 1982 not being thoroughly investigated or believed. Notes her difficulties sustaining friendships and relationships, and her sleeping habits, referring to all as a consequence of abuse as a child. Refers to discovery that her younger sister was also abused by Witness 182's [stepfather]. Details circumstances surrounding Witness 182's statements to States of Jersey Police dated 2008 onwards, referring to the initial corroboration [of an allegation of abuse by Witness 182's stepfather] made by a fellow former Haut de la Garenne resident. Conveys surprise at the bail conditions imposed on her [stepfather] following his being charged [in connection with abuse]. Refers to incidents each morning in which Witness 182's car and her [stepfather's] car would pass in the road. Hopes her [stepfather]'s sentencing will be re-appraised, in order that other women and children can be protected. Requests that family members be offered support to help them move forward with their lives. 10. Digital copy of Witness 182's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences whilst in care at Haut de la Garenne. Dated 27 April 1982. Recorded in the presence of a female member of Haut de la Garenne staff, and Woman Police Constable Fiona O'Brien. Details residency at Haut de la Garenne since 1979. Refes to her movements of 26 April 1982, mentioning Haut de la Garenne and Fort Regent. Details Witness 182's sexual relationship with a male friend at Fort Regent. Refers to Witness 182's sexual history, and notes that she does not take the contraceptive pill. Comments that she believes the boy thought she was older than she was. 11. Digital copy of Witness 182's second witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences whilst in care at Haut de la Garenne. Dated 29 April 1982. Recorded in the presence of a female member of Haut de la Garenne staff, and Woman Police Constable Fiona O'Brien. Refers to previous statement to States of Jersey Police [dated 27 April 1982] as false. Provides details surrounding the circumstances in which Witness 182 came to be at Fort Regent with a resident from Haut de la Garenne and other young islanders. Details Witness 182's sexual relationship with a male friend at Fort Regent. Suggests that the boy was aware that Witness 182 was still at school. Makes a complaint regarding sexual abuse by Witness 182's stepfather. Lists members of her stepfather's family present in the house whilst Witness 182's stepfather abused her. Comments on her reluctance to make a complaint to the Police or to an authority figure previously, noting her fear that her siblings would be split up and would be placed at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to her feelings of embarrassment and degradation.

Names

Brig-y-Don Children's Home
Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
Children's Services
Elizabeth House
Fort Regent
Haut de la Garenne
Historic Abuse Redress Scheme
Lacey Advocates
La Préférence Children's Home
Le Rocquier School
Mourant Ozannes
Pannone Solicitors
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Collins, Alan
Cane, M, Civilian Investigator
Davidson, Valerie
Lacey, Beverley, Advocate
Le Bail, Philippe
Maden, Anthony, Professor
Monamy, Peter
Newth, Kim, Detective Constable
O'Brien, Fiona, Woman Police Constable

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