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Digital copy of Witness 591's statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne, La Preference Children’s Home, and Heathfield Children’s Centre. [Some details redacted]. Dated 4 March 2015. 11 pages.
March 4th 2015 - March 4th 2015
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in 1971 and his siblings, and the instability of his early childhood at home. Comments on his vandalising of property and smoking by the age of 8 as a result of his home life. Details arrest in March 1982, and his parents’ inability to collect him from the Police Station due being out drinking, leading to his placement at Haut de la Garenne. Institutions States that after his mother brought his belongings to him a week after his arrival at Haut de la Garenne, he did not see his family for several years. Describes his fear of the violent staff at Haut de la Garenne. Describes members of staff at Haut de la Garenne, such as Morag Jordan and Tony Jordan. Provides recollections of other members of staff, mentioning Phil [Le Bail’s] suicide. Details punishments organised by Tony Jordan. Details corporal punishments by Keith Purvis [Deputy Superintendent] and caning by [Superintendent] Mr Thompson [Jim Thomson]. Refers to Aviemore and Dunluce Groups at Haut de la Garenne, and recalls camping at St Aubin's Fort. Provides recollections of children resident at Haut de la Garenne. Comments that he fought back as he refused to be scared and intimidated, and reasoned that if he would receive punishment, he would provide a reason for punishment rather than being punished for no reason at all. Refers instances of abscondence from Haut de la Garenne, commenting on his placement in the detention cells upon his return. Refers to the use of the detention cells as a form of punishment for children who had absconded, smoked, or misbehaved. Details transfer to La Preference Children’s Home along with Aviemore Group in 1985, due to Haut de la Garenne closing down. Refers to La Preference staff, such as Faye Buesnel. Comments on friendship with two other pupils in the Private Tutorial Unit who were also at La Preference with him. Details return to Haut de la Garenne, under [Superintendent] Mario Lundy. Comments on occasion where he and other children refused to return into Haut de la Garenne, and their visit to [Senior Child Care Officer] Mr [Anton] Skinner in his office at [the Education Department] at Highlands College, in which they informed [Anton] Skinner of treatment and abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to [Anton] Skinner’s inaction regarding their reports. Details transfer to Heathfield [Children’s Home] at the age of 14, describing Heathfield in positive terms. Provides recollections of staff at Heathfield, and an incident in which a member of staff from La Preference was required to work a shift at Heathfield. Refers to the man in charge of Heathfield leaving, and describes his replacement. Details transfer to a school due to his behaviour at Heathfield, mentioning his probation. Returned to Les Chenes [Residential School] at the age of 17, commenting that he was not allowed to return to Heathfield as he was in a relationship with a resident there. Recalls placement in a cell upon his arrival at Les Chenes. Refers to Mario Lundy as being in charge of Les Chenes at this time. Refers to a member of Heathfield staff informing him that he was to leave Heathfield. Comments on an attempted placement at Basil Lodge Hostel, several nights living with his uncle, and his transfer to St Mark’s Hostel. Comments that he returned to Heathfield to collect his belongings, and was informed that his belongings had been sold by accident. Kept in touch with a former member of Heathfield Staff whilst at St Mark’s Hostel. Refers to education at Mont Nicolle, the Private Tutorial Unit, and secondary school. Describes the manner in which pupils attended secondary schools beyond the fourth year. Social Services States that whilst at La Preference he was taken to visit his family by his Child Care Officer Dorothy Inglis. Comments that a member of his family did not recognise him. Mentions instances where he would report abuse to Dorothy Inglis, and others, who appeared not to believe him. Recalls also being provided with a key worker during his time in care, and comments that as he began to trust his keyworker, they would often be moved from his case. Abuse and Consequences Details physical abuse of himself and other residents by Tony Jordan. Details physical abuse of himself and other residents by Morag Jordan, as well as threats of physical abuse. Suspects [Jim Thomson] was aware of the abuse perpetuated at Haut de la Garenne by Morag Jordan and Tony Jordan. Details physical abuse by a female Haut de la Garenne member of staff treating his self-harm injuries. Details physical abuse by a female Haut de la Garenne member of staff and her husband, who was not a member of Haut de la Garenne staff. Refers to physical abuse by a female Haut de la Garenne member of staff who had thought he had set a pillow alight in the grounds of Haut de la Garenne. Refers to physical abuse by a male individual not employed at Haut de la Garenne after Witness 591 used a toilet on a staff floor. Refers to emotional and physical abuse by Faye Buesnel at La Preference. Details physical abuse of children at La Preference by a male member of staff. Recalls physical abuse by Mario Lundy at Haut de la Garenne. Details physical abuse of a male Heathfield resident by a member of La Preference staff temporarily working at Heathfield. Details sexual abuse of boys at Heathfield by the man who replaced the man originally in charge of Heathfield during Witness 591’s tenure, noting special privileges for one of the boys being sexually abused, and the change in behaviour of another boy. Recalls the sacking of a member of Heathfield who knew about the sexual abuse, and the alleged abuser receiving a ‘golden handshake’ from the States of Jersey before leaving to work elsewhere. Comments that the States of Jersey share responsibility for further child abuse committed by the member of staff in the future, due to their actions. Details emotional and physical abuse by Mario Lundy at Les Chenes. Believes he was targeted by Mario Lundy whilst at Les Chenes. Details physical abuse by a female member of Les Chenes staff, and his decision to remove himself from the situation until he could speak to another member of Les Chenes staff, mentioning a call to a friend at Heathfield. Describes an instance where a former member of Heathfield staff drugged him and attempted to sexually abuse him. Refers to arrest by Police for having punched the former member of staff to prevent the sexual abuse, and his report of the sexual abuse to the Police, after which the charges against Witness 591 were dripped. Comments that the former member of staff also attempted to sexually abuse a second former Heathfield resident, who reported the incident to the Police. States that as a consequence of physical abuse in Care, he ran away from various Care institutions. Events since leaving Care Comments on the consequences of his experiences in Care, mentioning his tendency to fight when faced by a fight or flight scenario, as he learnt such behaviour whilst a child. Refers to time in Prison for assault, and his alcoholism; states both are a result of the violence in his childhood. States that within a year of returning to Jersey from boarding school in England he was told to leave Jersey for three years following assaults in St Helier and an appearance before the Police Court. States that he has difficulty sleeping at night due to physical abuse by Mario Lundy. Refers to a member of La Preference staff being commended for his continued work with children. Refers to criminal proceedings against Morag Jordan and Tony Jordan, and their convictions for historic abuse, mentioning allegations he reported to the Police. Refers to the Attorney General not pursuing historic abuse cases against 29 individuals following [Operation Rectangle]. Believes that Mario Lundy was not prosecuted due to cronyism and corruption within the States of Jersey, and that allegations against some individuals were ignored, whilst examples were made of other individuals. Refers to speaking to the makers of television documentary, and believes that his information was not broadcast because he named too many individuals still employed by the States of Jersey. Refers to a meeting with an individual formerly at Haut de la Garenne, who provided Witness 591 with a series of photographs of Haut de la Garenne. Recommends that the Inquiry contact the individual. Recalls a job offer being rescinded after his application was blocked at a higher level, mentioning his childhood and subsequent convictions. Comments that he did not receive compensation from Children’s Services for the loss of his belongings, and refers to his belief that his social services file is missing. Summarises his feelings regarding the effects on his life as a result of the actions of Children’s Services and actions of staff employed by the States of Jersey. Recalls feeling unsupported and that no one would believe him regarding his life in Care. Confirms that he is willing to provide oral evidence to the Inquiry if required to do so.
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