Digital copy of Witness 634's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of their experiences in care at La Preference Vegetarian Children’s Home, and their experiences of Gordon Wateridge. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by PC [Police Constable] S [Sian] Gidley.

View WS000431.pdf | Download WS000431.pdf




March 5th 2008 - March 5th 2008

Scope and Content

Background and Family Life Provides details of his parents, brothers, and sister. Institutions Details admission to La Preference Vegetarian Children’s Home with his siblings. Notes fear of the individuals who ran La Preference, mentioning Eddie Paynell [Edward Paisnel]. Recalls attempts to escape from La Preference, and his reactions when dropped off at La Preference by his parents. Refers to the general atmosphere at La Preference, mentioning vegetarianism, and being washed and dressed by the other children. Comments on Haut de la Garenne staff member Gordon Wateridge, and Gordon Wateridge’s behaviour around women. Notes complaints made by women about Gordon Wateridge. Refers to Gordon Wateridge’s treatment of children at Haut de la Garenne, and mentions Gordon Wateridge’s time in the SAS, and ownership of guns. Notes a member of the Honorary Police at La Rocque (Mr Farnham’s) knowledge of the danger posed by Wateridge and his guns. Abuse and Consequences Describes a female individual at La Preference who physically abused Witness 634 for jumping up and down on a seat. Describes physical abuse by an individual believed to be [Edward Paisnel] on a bus in the grounds of [La Preference]. Refers to Gordon Wateridge’s sexual abuse of a female Haut de la Garenne resident. For a copy of this witness statement with differing levels of redaction, see C/D/AW1/A3/8/10/WD004804/1.


The British Army
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Honorary Police
La Préférence Children's Home
La Préférence Vegetarian Children's Home
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Farnham, Mr
Gidley, Sian, Police Constable
Paisnel, Edward
Wateridge, Gordon


La Préférence Children's Centre | La Rocque | abuse | child abuse | Children | children's homes | childcare | children's services | evidence | Guns | honorary police | IJCI | investigations | physical abuse | Police Constables | Police | parents | residents | staff | sexual abuse | statements | vegetarianism | witness statements | witnesses


1 pdf file



Level of description


Access Restriction

PDF file - please click on the link to download

Closed until



C/D/AW1/B1/4/6/WS000431This item»
Search query time: 0.0156249 seconds • Page build time: 0.011481149991353 seconds