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Digital copy of Witness 188's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care, primarily with respect to his time at Haut de la Garenne. Recorded by Civilian Officer [Brian] Carter. [Some details redacted].
January 10th 2008 - January 10th 2008
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Background and Early Years Refers to death of his father when he was aged 5, stating that his childhood ended when his father died. Includes comments about his brothers and sisters, referring to the deaths of some of his siblings. Notes that his brother is missing and attempts by his family to find him by contacting the Salvation Army. Institutions Includes references to his time at Haut de la Garenne and Basil Lodge [Boys' Hostel]. Recalls moving to Haut de la Garenne aged 5, citing his mother's inability to cope following the death of his father. Notes that he was placed in Haut de la Garenne with one of his siblings, whilst his other siblings were placed elsewhere. Refers to being separated from his siblings into different groups at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls staying at Haut de la Garenne until the age 13, 14 or 15 before being transferred to Basil Lodge [Boys' Hostel] in Clarence Road. Describes Basil Lodge as a place for boys of school-leaving age entering employment. Includes recollections of members of staff at Haut de la Garenne including [Colin] Tilbrook, Morag Kidd and [Gordon] Wateridge. Refers to Kidd's relationship with Tony Watton, commenting on instability of the relationship. Also includes positive recollections of some members of staff, including individuals that he has continued to keep in contact with. Also includes recollections of other children in residence, including groups of siblings. Recalls witnessing two residents self-harming. Includes recollections of day-to-day life at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being made to watch the news by staff after tea and when he was in the intermediates, noting that refusal led to restrictions on freedom to choose what to do and when to leave. Refers to chores and limited access to the pool as punishment. Recalls running away from Haut de la Garenne on multiple occasions from the age of 7. Recalls pulling up floorboards to hide for a couple of hours, noting that this area was accessed via the air vents on the outside of the building at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls running away to the bunkers, noting that he would absent from anywhere between a couple of hours to 3 or 4 days. Recalls that other children would leave food for him under the hedges of the boundary of Haut de la Garenne when he ran away. Notes how staff and police would look for him when he ran away. Children's Services Names Mr [Richard] Davenport as his Child Care Officer, referring to periods whereby Davenport has been helpful to him. Refers to Davenport telling him that his personal file relating to his time at Haut de la Garenne had been burnt in a fire. Abuse and Consequences Describes self-harming between the ages of 14 and 16, citing abuse suffered at Haut de la Garenne as reason for doing so. Refers to sexual abuse by Tony Watton, commenting on how he differed to how people perceived him. Mentions Watton's relationship with Morag Kidd, noting how he would visit Haut de la Garenne when Kidd was not there. Recalls being sexually abused by Watton on camping trips and in his bedroom at Haut de la Garenne on numerous occasions between the ages of 6 and 14. Notes that abuse at Haut de la Garenne would always occur at night and only ceased once he was old enough to fight back. Describes being terrified of going to bed and sleeplessness when Watton was around. Describes being physically abused by Mr [Gordon] Wateridge whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions Wateridge's army background and how this was reflected in his regimental approach, including physical abuse. Recalls Wateridge tipping him out of his bed at night. Recalls being aged 13 or 14 when Wateridge abused him. Recalls that as he got older he would be placed in the detention room upon being returned to Haut de la Garenne after absconding. States to be aware of other boys who were placed in the detention room for days. Events since leaving Care Describes leaving Basil Lodge as soon as he was old enough to leave and subsequently leaving the childcare system. Describes hanging out with friends and developing drink and drug habits, noting how he left Jersey after the situation deteriorated. Cites physical, emotional and sexual abuse suffered during his childhood at Haut de la Garenne as reason for drink and drug taking, using these as a means to forget about experiences. Recalls being angry and violent after leaving Basil Lodge, noting how he took his aggression on his wife's ex-partner after witnessing him physically assault her, stating his inability to tolerate physical abuse due to his experiences. Comments on why he did not tell anyone about abuse suffered, referring to recent conversation with his brother who tried to ask Witness 188 about his experiences and response to not what to talk about it. Also refers to conversation with his mother and advice given to him by her. Comments on impact of experiences on himself and his family, describing inability to cope and lack of closeness within his family. Also refers to impact in terms of his relationship with his wife, describing putting the decision to talk to his wife about what had happened. Expresses relief that everything has come to light after such a long period of time. Refers to secret contact with his sister who was adopted by the family of one of her friends, noting how her adopted family did not want her to have anything to do with Witness 188's family.
Carter, Brian, Civilian Investigator
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