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Digital copy of Pages 1 to 2 and 4 to 7 of Witness 145's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of his experiences in care at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] [Dave] O’Grady.
April 16th 2008 - April 16th 2008
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Background and Home Life Details early childhood with his emotionally and physically abusive alcoholic father, referring to his father’s own abusive childhood. Refers to his parents, and his grandmother’s house in Trinity. Institutions Refers to own behavioural problems as a result of abuse at home, leading to a placement at the Children’s [Child] Psychiatric Unit at [Jersey] General Hospital. Details placement at Les Chênes Residential School at the age of 11, after coming to the attention of Social Services. Provides recollections of Les Chênes, referring to his arrival and placement into a cell similar to that at a Police Station. Comments on daily life at Les Chênes whilst placed in isolation. Comments on the bullying behaviour of a male member of Les Chênes staff known to drink on duty, mentioning St Ouans [St Ouen’s] Manor and St Mary. Recalls the member of staff making a resident eat a food the resident was allergic to, resulting in the resident vomiting at the dining table. Refers to caning as a form of corporal punishment, administered by Mario Lundi [Lundy] and another individual. Recalls lack of treatment offered by a female member of Les Chênes staff to a resident who had cut his hand. Describes positive memories of other staff at Les Chênes, mentioning two male members of staff thought of as gentlemen, and a male member of staff who had recently left university. Refers to a female member of staff with a drinking problem, and notes that the female member of Les Chênes staff who did not offer a resident treatment for a cut hand would treat her favourite residents differently to other residents. Recalls starting employment near to the end of Witness 145’s placement at Les Chênes, and Mario Lundi [Lundy’s] response when Witness 145 lost his employment. Abuse and Consequences Refers to emotional and physical abuse by his father. Details physical abuse by a member of Les Chênes staff after woodwork tools were damaged and paint was spilt. Describes physical abuse by a member of staff known as the ‘pinball wizard’, referring to an incident where Witness 145 and two other Les Chênes residents were physically abused by a member of staff during an assembly. Comments on the presence of residents, Mario Lundi [Lundy], and a female member of staff during the abuse. Refers to other physical assaults during assembly. Details emotional and physical abuse by Mario Lundi [Lundy] after Witness 145 lost his job. Events since leaving Care Left Les Chênes at the age of 15 to move in with his parents, and later, another relative. Describes anger at placement at Les Chênes and the failure of the Jersey Child Care system to care for him properly, mentioning emotionally and physically abusive staff at Les Chênes such as Mario Lundi [Lundy]. Refers to his current stable family life, and comments on the long term effects of abuse, mentioning depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol use. Refers to his placement at Les Chênes as having contributed to his existing problems, rather than assisting him in his life. States that he will assist the Police in any manner in relation to the investigation. [For a copy of this witness statement in full and with differing levels of redaction, see Exhibit 5: C/D/AW1/A3/9/3/WD004980/5].
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