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Digital copy of Witness 260'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 [Civilian Investigator] A Howard Harries.
July 25th 2008 - July 25th 2008
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Background and Home Life Provides details of early life, describing his large family, and childhood under the German Occupation. Recalls his father, previously a solider in the British Army, being deported to Germany when Witness 260 was 9. Refers to his father later becoming a Prisoner of War in Belsen [Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp]. Describes food becoming more difficult to obtain as the Occupation continued, especially after the Allied liberation of France whereafter islanders and Germans on Jersey almost reached starvation point. Began to steal in order to help his mother feed his younger siblings. Recalls being sent to Jersey Home for Boys by the Royal Court in 1946 at the age of 12 after being caught stealing. Institutions Comments on the number of residents at Jersey Home for Boys in 1946, and the reasons for their residencies. Refers to orphans and others remanded by the courts. Recalls the strict level of discipline at Jersey Home for Boys, and the high wire fence surrounding the property. Recalls punishments such as corporal punishments and chores. Recalls absconding regularly to go home, and being picked up by German patrols. Describes members of Jersey Home for Boys staff. Refers to a frequent visitor to Jersey Home for Boys who brought food parcels, and would spend time with residents and [staff]. Refers to photograph of residents and staff at Jersey Airport in 1946, naming individuals present. Abuse and Consequences Comments on sexual abuse of residents by a male member of staff. Describes physical abuse by older senior boys whilst Witness 260 was a younger senior boy. Describes 3 physical assaults, mentioning a broken arm treated at the hospital in St Helier, and a stabbing. Events after Leaving Care Describes being summoned to an Office at the age of 15 and being told he was able to leave. Comments that he has not returned to the Jersey Home for Boys site [at Haut de la Garenne], except in recent times to report his experiences to [States of Jersey] Police following publicity about Haut de la Garenne. Refers to discussions regarding Jersey Home for Boys with an individual in St Helier who spoke [to the media]. Notes that after Witness 260 spoke to [States of Jersey] Police, an individual from Jersey Post [Jersey Evening Post] called at Witness 260’s home to discuss Witness 260’s experiences at Jersey Home for Boys. Recalls declining to sign a disclaimer that would allow the individual to publish Witness 260’s story.
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