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Digital copy of Witness 594's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police relating to his experiences of his time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by G M O [Civilian Investigator Graeme Ogilvie]. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 594's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 20 May 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/48/WS000373.
August 19th 2008 - August 19th 2008
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Outlines purpose of the statement being to provide greater details in respect of incidents referred to in his previous statement [C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/48/WS000373]. Includes comments about incident where he recalls witnessing Morag [Jordan] physically abuse a child. Recalls that his reaction to swear at Morag and that he was subsequently physically abused by Jim Thomson in the detention cells. Refers to Thomson as deceased. Describes placement in the cells and beatings by staff therein as a common form of punishment at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to placement in D Group and recollections of [the female member of staff] in charge and her husband, noting that his father got on well with the husband. Describes impact of Haut de la Garenne on the children who lived there. Includes comments about Morag, recalling that everyone was afraid of her and referring to remarks about her by other residents. Asserts to have never seen Morag hit anyone else during his time at Haut de la Garenne. Includes comments about Morag's physical appearance and distinguishing features, recalling that she ran B Group. Refers to identification of various rooms at Haut de la Garenne on a floor plan of the ground level of Haut de la Garenne, referring to the snooker room and two detention cells. Includes a description of the detention cells, mentioning colour of the cells and large window therein. States that he was placed in a cell for a period of three or four days upon his arrival. States that he was aged 13 when he was placed at Haut de la Garenne in September 1976, recalling that he spent Christmas at the Home. Includes comments about Morag's personal life, stating to be unaware whether she lived on the premises or whether she had any relationships whilst she was there. Includes a note about Anthony Jordan being outwith the timeline of Witness 594. Includes comments about other children in residence during his time at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls that one resident would occasionally disappear during the night, noting that he would have sweets and cigarettes the following morning. Speculates how the boy came across the sweets and cigarettes. Also includes comments about the personalities of certain residents, recalling later reading in a newspaper about one resident. Describes physical abuse by Mario Lundi [Lundy] at a Catholic School. Comments on impact of his experiences at the Catholic School on his future and decision not to christen his children. Describes an incident where Lundy hit him with a crutch, recalling that he had tried to rob the approved school in response to mistreatment there. Comments on reason for not complaining about abuse, citing normalisation of abuse as a result of experience of being caned at school by teachers and remarks by father. Describes Jersey as corrupt, referring to an individual who released without charge employed as a children's officer. Refers to allegations that the individual sexually abused two female individuals, including one girl at La Préférence. Expresses support for Police investigation.
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