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Digital copy of an Officer's Report from DC [Detective Constable] Philip Holmes of the Historical Abuse Team to the SIO [Senior Investigating Officer] of Operation Rectangle on the subject of Investigation into Alan and Jane Maguire. [Some details redacted].
April 28th 2008 - April 28th 2008
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Produces report in relation to the review of the file of evidence for proceedings brought against Alan and Jane Maguire in 1997 for offences of cruelty against children in their care whilst [houseparents] at Blanche Pierre Children's [Home] on the Le Squez Estate [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Provides details of Background to Investigation. Refers to allegations of abuse made by former residents of Blanche Pierre whilst in the care of Alan and Jane Maguire between 1980 and 1990, Jane Maguire's employment by the Children's Services at Haut de la Garenne as a Residential Child Care Officer and at Blanche Pierre as the Resident House Mother, contact to Police from Children's Services concerning suspected historical abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire. Also mentions letters, and statements provided to Police by former Blanche Pierre residents and staff. Provides Summary of Witness Accounts. Refers to interviews, deaths of parents, soap, enuresis, mental health, attempted suicide, hospital treatment, force feeding, abscondence, departure of Alan and Jane Maguire from Blanche Pierre, Children's Services staff, Anton Skinner, neighbours, Children's Officers, [Child Care Officers], DS [Detective Sergeant] Nicholas Troy, arrests, DC [Detective Constable] Ronald Melvin, DC [Detective Constable] Emma Coxhall [Coxshall], DC [Detective Constable] Andrew Gedddes, and the Child Protection Unit. Refers to emotional and physical abuse by Alan and Jane Maguire, and sexual abuse by Alan Maguire. Provides details relating to Interviews of Alan Maguire [and Jane Maguire]. Refers to interview of Alan Maguire dated 10 January 1998, noting Alan Maguire's inital denial of all allegations, and admission relating to allegations of corporal punishment and putting soap in children's mouths. Refers to Police Legal Advisor Mr Ian [Christmas] and Alan Maguire's [Advocate] [Christopher] Lakeman. Refers to interview of Jane Maguire dated 20 January 1998, mentioning Jane Maguire's Advocate Peter Harris. Charging Decisions. Notes decision not to pursue sexual abuse allegations against Alan Maguire due to a lack of corroboration to the victim's accounts. Refers to Centenier Frank Marquer charging Alan Maguire with 7 offences of cruelty under Article 9 (1) of Children's (Jersey) Law 1969, and Jane Maguire with 5 offences of cruelty under Article 9 (1) of Children's (Jersey) Law 1969 on 29 January 1998. Post Charge Enquiries and Further Investigations. Refers to Alan and Jane Maguire's appearances before the Magistrates Court dated 5 March 1998, during which they recorded pleas of Not Guilty. Refers to ongoing enquiries during the court process, mentioning statements for the Defence, former Blanche Pierre residents, Child Care Officer Richard Davenport, former Blanche Pierre staff, psychiatric reports carried out on the victims, concerns expressed by the psychiatrist over the ability for victims to give evidence and the credibility of their accounts, and commentary on behaviour of the mast majority of victims indicating their having been subject to some form of abuse. Old Style Committal Hearing. Refers to Committal Hearing dated 8 June 1998 before Judge Trott, mentioning Advocate [Peter] Harris for the prosecution [note: Advocate Harris represented Jane Maguire for the defence], and Advocate Lakeman for the defence. Refers to health of Alan Maguire, adjournment of the hearing, and concerns regarding credibility of witnesses and their ability to provide evidence at the Royal Cout. Lists grounds for abandoning the prosecution. Refers to lack of evidence supporting Alan Maguire's claims of ill health, Advocate A Binnington's decision to abandon proceedings, and an internal hearing [at Social Services] resulting in Jane Maguire's dismissal from employment in Social Services, mentioning a report by Anton Skinner. Refers to Alan and Jane Maguire's departure to France, and Alan Maguire's health as of 2008. Further Complaints. Refers to complaint of sexual abuse made against Alan Maguire dated 12 August 1999 by a [former Blanche Pierre] resident, mentioning corroboration of other accounts of sexual abuse. Refers to a complaint of physical and sexual abuse made by a former male Blanche Pierre resident regarding Alan Maguire. Witness Appreciation Following Revisits. Refers to visits to witnesses, their original witness statements, and commentary provided on the contents of those statements by the witnesses themselves. Refers to alcohol and drug dependency, self harm, mental health, medical assistance, sexual abuse by a neighbour on the Blanche Pierre Estate named Kevin Noel, anger, rehabilitation, prison, assault, injuries, families, employment, psychiatric support, and previous convictions. Refers to other potential witnesses, mentioning a former Blanche Pierre resident who acted as a Defence Witness in the previous court case [dated 1998]. Conclusions. Comments on continued opinion of sufficient evidence to charge, the willingness of victims to testify, the legitimacy of Alan Maguire's ill health, possible offences related to perverting the course of justice, new allegations of abuse, and new charges of indecent assault. Submits report for attention and consideration as to the possibility of reinstating charges against Alan and Jane Maguire and implementing procedures for having them brought back from France where they reside.
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