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Digital copy of Witness 591's first witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne, La Preference [Children’s Home], Heathfield [Children’s Centre], and Les Chenes [Residential School]. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by [Civilian Investigator] G [Graeme] Ogilvie.
November 10th 2008 - November 10th 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to his brothers, sisters, and stepsisters, none of whom were admitted to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls his admission to Haut de la Garenne after stealing money from the changing rooms at [Les] Quennevais [Sports Centre], and being picked up by the Police, mentioning CID [Criminal Investigation Department]. Recalls his parents dropping his belongings at the Police Station before his arrival at Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Recalls members of Haut de la Garenne staff, such as Tony Jordan and Morag Jordan. Names Mr Thomson [Jim Thomson] as the man in charge [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent]. Refers to the presence at Haut de la Garenne of an ex-policeman who wished to become a Child Care Officer. Refers to caning as a form of corporal punishment as administered by [Jim] Thomson. Provides recollections of Haut de la Garenne residents, mentioning two who went missing. States that children would often abscond [from Haut de la Garenne], and hide on the island, mentioning the basement of St Thomas’ Church. Refers to his record of days absent from [Haut de le Garenne] as eleven. Refers to hiding in the bunkers. Refers to ‘The Hole’ and detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne. States that he was placed in the detention rooms as an eleven year old as a form of punishment for misbehaviour or abscondence. Recalls that children could be placed in the detention rooms for 24 hours to 48 hours, with one boy placed there for a week. Describes the facilities available in the detention rooms, mentioning one occasion in which he was placed in the detention rooms as there was no other room for him at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on the clothing available to children in the detention rooms, as well as comfort and privacy. Refers to Aviemore, Baintree and Dunluce [Groups] at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls his education at Le Rocquier School. Recalls transfer to La Preference [Children’s Home], as part of Aviemore Group, around Christmas 1985, referring to Live Aid. States that he absconded regularly from La Preference. Refers to his return to Haut de la Garenne several months later. Details changes at Haut de la Garenne in his months at La Preference, noting that the residents of Dunluce [Group] and moved into the area previously used by Aviemore [Group]. Details transfer to Heathfield [Children’s Centre]. Recalls attempted transfer to Basil Lodge Hostel after leaving Haut de la Garenne. States that he left Haut de la Garenne with only his work clothes. States that he never got his belongings back from Haut de la Garenne, or has yet been able to view his [Children’s Services] client file. Refers to punishment received for his participation in a rebellion at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to a woman who may hold photographs of residents from Haut de la Garenne, also mentioning Heathfield [Children’s Centre]. Refers to a previous resident of La Preference and Heathfield who later spent time in prison. Details special privileges afforded to a resident at Heathfield, mentioning televisions, videos, stereos, wine, and abscondence from [the premises]. Recalls the actions of the resident being reported to a member of staff. Refers to his appearance in Court for kicking in a door at Heathfield, and his placement at a boarding school. States that he was placed in a cell at Les Chenes [Residential School] mentioning a member of staff he had met at a previous institution. Refers to physical abuse by a member of staff leading to his actions that led to him being placed in a cell for the second time at Les Chenes, mentioning another member of staff he wished to report the incident to. Refers to a member of Heathfield staff with allegations of [abuse] against him. Refers to an interview that took place during his placement at a Hostel when he was between the ages of 17 and 19 regarding a member of [Heathfield] staff. States that he did not witness the member of staff hitting anyone or administering unusual punishments. Abuse and Consequences Details physical abuse of himself and other residents at Haut de la Garenne by member of staff Tony Jordan. Details physical abuse of himself and other residents at Haut de la Garenne by member of staff Morag Jordan. Details physical abuse by a member of staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning a bicycle, and a rebellion. Refers to physical abuse by a female member of Haut de la Garenne staff, mentioning her treatment of his injuries sustained through self-harm. Details physical abuse of himself and other residents by an individual at La Preference. Details sexual abuse of other residents by the member of Heathfield staff, and attempted sexual abuse of Witness 591. Recalls breaking the member of staff’s nose in response to attempted sexual abuse, and notes that charges against Witness 591 were dropped by the Police when Witness 591 reported the abuse. Details physical abuse by a member of La Preference Staff who also worked at Heathfield temporarily, stating that the member of staff was the reason Witness 591 would abscond from La Preference and returned to Haut de la Garenne. Refers to physical abuse of a resident by the member of staff at Heathfield, referring to the member of staff’s return to La Preference. Events since leaving Care States that he self-harms as an adult due to stress.
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