Digital copy of Witness 376's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by G Ogilvie.

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May 26th 2008 - May 26th 2008

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Background and Home Life Provides details of his family, mentioning his sister and brother. Refers to his brother and sister’s tenures at University. Institutions Refers to education at La Moye Primary School and St Helier Boys School. Refers to [Jim Thomson’s] employment as a Children’s Officer [Child Care Officer], and later as a Senior Children’s Officer [Senior Child Care Officer]. Refers to Jim Thomson’s tenure [as Superintendent] at Haut de la Garenne in 1973 and between 1976 and 1984. Notes that Jim Thomson’s initial placement as Superintendent lasted three months, naming [previous Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] Mr [Colin] Tilbrook, and referring to [Colin] Tilbrook’s successor. Refers to his sister’s belief Witness 376 and his family stayed at Haut de la Garenne during the three month period in 1973. Describes moving to Haut de la Garenne in 1976, mentioning the care taken by others regarding his and his family’s domestic duties. Names children resident at Haut de la Garenne. Names staff employed at Haut de la Garenne, including [Gordon] Wateridge, Deputy [Superintendent] [William] Alan [Allan] Gilbert, Morag Kidd, and Tony Jordan, and also details living arrangements. Names Dave [David] Castledine, a Children’s Officer [Child Care Officer] based at Pier Road. Recalls Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore and Dunluce Groups at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls that many children at Haut de la Garenne were educated at Le Rocquier School in St Clement, and that they would catch a bus from Gorey Pier. Recalls smoking behind the steam roller with Haut de la Garenne residents. Refers to residents transferring to hostels at the age of fifteen. Recalls gaining employment at the age of sixteen. Comments on graffiti on a wall in the attic of the north wing at Haut de la Garenne. Describes aspects of the layout of Haut de la Garenne. Does not recall the cellars at Haut de la Garenne. Abuse and Consequences States that he did not witness physical abuse or sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning staff and residents. Refers to individuals allowed to administer corporal punishment. Events since leaving Care Provides details of his family life and circumstances in the years since residing at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on media coverage of the investigation regarding Haut de la Garenne. Refers to contact made by Sky News regarding his experiences of Haut de la Garenne, and his assertion that he has not spoken to media regarding his experiences. Refers to an individual’s death in 1989. Refers to property in a friend’s attic that may pertain to Witness 376’s time living at Haut de la Garenne.


Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
La Moye Primary School
Le Rocquier School
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
St Helier Boys School
Sky News
Castledine, David
Gilbert, William Allan
Jordan, Morag
Jordan, Tony
Ogilvie, Graeme
Thomson, Jim
Tilbrook, Colin
Wateridge, Gordon


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