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Digital copy of Pages 4 to 6 from the Witness Statement of a female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of physical abuse by Tony Jordan against Witness 125. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] G Ogilvie. [Some details redacted].
May 6th 2009 - May 6th 2009
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Refers to Witness 125's attendance at a different school from the other children at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls an incident where Tony Jordan physically abused Witness 125 in Claymore whilst Witness 125 was playing with cars on the playmat with younger children. States that Witness 125 would have been aged 13 at the time of incident, noting Witness 125's reaction to the incident. Recalls challenging Tony Jordan about his actions. States to have told a female member of staff about the incident the following day and reporting Tony's behaviour to [the Matron] and suggesting that he be moved from Claymore. Refers to Tony's subsequently being moved to Baintree where he worked with Morag [Kidd]. Suggests incident happened in 1979. Includes comments about Tony Jordan's treatment of children, describing his actions when driving the minibus upon collecting residents from school as cruel. Refers to challenging Tony about turning up for work under the influence of alcohol, recalling that alcohol was a huge factor of life at Haut de la Garenne, with most staff drinking. Recalls Jim Thomson [Superintendent] offering her a whisky or a beer upon her arrival at Haut de la Garenne. Describes Thomson's reaction upon telling him that Tony had turned up to work drunk, referring to lack of written logs or record of incident. Comments on recollections of an incident when Witness 125 injured his arm. Describes being told by Witness 125 that Tony Jordan has physically abused him, stating to have not witnessed the incident themselves but recalls Witness 125 howling on two occasions. Describes taking Witness 125 to see the Matron, recalling that Witness 125's arm was in a sling. Refers to other individuals who may have witnessed or known about this incident. Includes recollections of another child in residence, referring to the child's fondness of her husband. Also includes comments about the culture of the wooden spoon, including a description of the spoon. Recalls being told by an individual that the spoon was used to frighten the child, noting that she removed the spoon from display due to dislike of it. States to have no recollection of anyone being hit by the wooden spoon whilst she was on duty. [For Page 1 from this witness statement, see C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/11/WD002129].
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