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Digital copy of Exhibit 1: Witness 254's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of his experiences at Jersey Home for Boys. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] [Dave] Kim Newth. For Witness 254's statements to States of Jersey Police and the Inquiry, see C/D/AW1/B1/35.
October 3rd 2008 - October 3rd 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth and mother’s difficulties as a single parent. Refers to an individual adopted by local family. Institutions Recalls admission to Jersey Home for Boys at Haut de la Garenne at the age of 7. Describes impressions of the Jersey Home for Boys as a child differing from his experiences of the building in the present day. Describes the layout of Haut de la Garenne. Refers to discipline in place at Jersey Home for Boys, and the division of boys into different age groups. Recalls that his dormitory faced Gorey Castle. Recalls waxing and cleaning the floorboards in the playroom on a Saturday morning. Refers to the location of the playroom as above the cells, as he has ascertained more recently. Provides memories of how the usual loss of teeth during childhood was treated, mentioning the tooth fairy. Provides details of other children at Jersey Home for Boys, describing his lonely childhood. Refers to a male member of Jersey Home for Boys staff Witness 254 remains in touch with. Names Jersey Home for Boys Superintendent [George] Maggs, providing a description of the Superintendent and referring to his wife. Refers to [George] Maggs’ successor as Superintendent, [Colin] Tilbrook. Refers to a member of staff named George Mallinson. Describes caning as a form of corporal punishment, mentioning the gift of a chocolate bar when [George] Maggs did not conform to correct caning procedure. Refers to education both at Jersey Home for Boys and St Martin’s Primary School. Abuse and Consequences Recalls sexual abuse by an individual thought to be a member of Jersey Home for Boys staff, and the cessation of the sexual abuse when Witness 254 named the member of staff he is still in contact with in the present day. Events after Leaving Care Details contact with the press, mentioning an interview and comments that have not been printed. Refers to an interview for a programme. Explains motivation behind such contact with the media as due to Witness 254’s wish to explain that life at Jersey Home for Boys was not as was being described in the media. States that Witness 254 received no financial reward for his media interviews, and that the information contained within interview with Police and the media is the same. Reflects on positive experiences at Jersey Home for Boys, mentioning visits to Haut de la Garenne’s Youth Hostel in more recent years along with other individuals. Refers to photographs provided to Police of children and staff at Jersey Home for Boys.
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