Digital copy of Witness 261'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 DC [Detective Constable] Phil Kershaw.

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April 21st 2008 - April 21st 2008

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Background and Home Life Refers to birth in Jersey and desertion by parents, leading to placement in Care with [siblings] now living elsewhere. Notes that one sibling was placed at the Girls Home in Grouville, whilst another sibling was placed with their grandmother, and Witness 261 was placed at Haut de la Garenne [Jersey Home for Boys]. Institutions Resided at [Jersey Home for Boys] between 1947 and 1948, from the ages of 6 to 16. Provides recollections of staff, mentioning corporal punishment and physical violence. Recalls punishments for enuresis, and a punishment resulting in Witness 261's placement in the belfry for up to a day. Obtained a bursary in order to attend Hautlieu Grammar School, resulting in Witness 261 spending less time at [Jersey Home for Boys] during the day. Recalls taking up boxing and cricket, and being able to handle himself better as a result. Recalls that boys would often leave [Jersey Home for Boys], with explanations of adoption provided. Refers to Witness 261's job to care for the pigs, and his concern he should provide information about the pigsty to Police. Refers to the the pigsty being situated within the Market Garden and the [Jersey Home for Boys] grounds. Comments on knowledge obtained from builders and through Witness 261's work, that the pig sty no longer stands. Refers to the pigsty standing during Witness 261's only visit to the Haut de la Garenne site since leaving. Refers to the pigs having been taken to the abattoir in St Helier to be slaughtered. Comments on the presence of the [Liberation Station] bus station standing on the site in the present day. Events after Leaving Care Refers to media coverage surrounding the Haut de la Garenne site previously known as Jersey Home for Boys, and the States of Jersey Police's investigation into Historic Child Abuse. States that media coverage regarding excavations taking place at Haut de la Garenne provided motivation for contacting the Police to inform them of a three foot void underneath the pigsty at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to visit to the Haut de la Garenne site with Civlian Investigator Graeme Ogilvie, [Detective Constable], and Scenes of Crime Officer Vicky Coupland regarding the location of the pigsty.


Haut de la Garenne
Hautlieu School
Jersey Home for Boys
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Coupland, Victoria Tansy
Kershaw, Philip, Detective Constable
Ogilvie, Graeme


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