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Digital copy of Witness 380's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police relating to his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] J Singleton. [Some details redacted].
September 18th 2008 - September 18th 2008
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Background and Early Years Refers to birth in Jersey in 1962, stating that he was raised by his grandmother as his father left before he was born and his mother died when he was one year old. Institutions Includes references to his time at Haut de la Garenne and D'Hautrée School. Refers to placement at Haut de la Garenne aged 11, citing grandmother's inability to cope with raising Witness 380 on her own. Recalls staying at Haut de la Garenne during the week and staying at his aunt's house on weekends. Refers to attendance at D'Hautrée School during this period. Includes recollections of Haut de la Garenne, referring to placement in Dunluce group above the archway in the south wing of Haut de la Garenne. Refers to other children in Dunluce group, recalling 8 to 10 children of the same age. Recalls other families resident during his time at Haut de la Garenne in other parts of the building and a male resident who died in the 1980s. Refers to his best friend at Haut de la Garenne with whom he attended D'Hautrée School, noting that the majority of Dunluce group attended Le Rocquier [School]. Comments on sleeping arrangements in Dunluce group, referring to frequent room changes due to arguments or misbehaviour by children. Describes daily routine at Haut de la Garenne during weekdays, commenting on aspects including waking up, washing, breakfast, school, lesiure time, dinner, chores, evening showers and bedtime. Recalls the climbing frame and old steamroller in a field on the south east side of the building, referring to an evening curfew. Notes that showers were unsupervised. Includes references to the layout of Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of two detention rooms, stating that they were used as punishment for abscondence and as a means to protect children, and staff, during violent outbursts. Recalls moving out of Dunluce towards the end of his stay into the west wing due to a decrease in the number of residents. No recollection of seeing a dentist whilst in residence at Haut de la Garenne, recalling being taken to the school dentist at the General Hospital instead. Recalls that there was a nominated member of staff responsible for welfare issues including provision of school uniform, parents' evening and dentist visits. Also refers to medical facilities at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning a first aid kit in the Head's office. States to have no recollection of any incidents when anyone was seriously injured. Includes recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne mainly responsible for Dunluce group during his time in residence, naming Morag [Jordan], Tony Jordan, Phil Le Bail and Mr [Jim] Thomson. Includes remarks about Morag's personality, physical appearance and distinguishing features, mentioning her marriage to Tony Jordan and their residence on the premises in Aviemore. Mentions death of Phil Le Bail, recalling visiting his house at Maufort [Maufant] with other residents, noting that Le Bail was a Rolling Stones fan. Comments on memories of cult activity around Haut de la Garenne, describing vague recollections of children using a ouija board and visiting the dolmen standing stones near Haut de la Garenne to smoke, stating to have no recollection of witnessing anything bad happening in this regard. Recalls camping trips to Crabbé in the summer holidays. Recalls seeing particular individual visit his brother at Haut de la Garenne, noting that the only other visitors would have been relatives visiting residents. Children's Services Describes being under the care of child care services in Jersey for most of his childhood due to being brought up by his grandmother following death of his mother and absence of father. Names Mr [Jim] Thomson as his first Child Care Officer, noting that Mr [David] Castledine took over the role after. Refers to Thomson as having been in charge at Haut de la Garenne during the time he was a resident. Abuse and Consequences Recalls being caned in the Head's office in the north wing as punishment for hurting another resident. Includes a description of the cane used, describing punishment as reasonable. States that the only types of punishment he recalls being administered were being sent to bed early or being kept in after teatime if caught fighting or smoking. No recollection of witnessing incidents of abuse whilst in residence at Haut de la Garenne. States to have no recollections of anyone breathing on them during the night. Events since leaving Care Describes staying at Haut de la Garenne until 1983 when he found employment with help from a female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Provides an overview of employment history since leaving care. Expresses surprise to learn that a former member of staff at Haut de la Garenne had been arrested.
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