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Digital copy of an Officer's Report from DC [Detective Constable] James McGranahan of Operation Rectangle to the SIO [Senior Investigating Officer] of Operation Rectangle on the subject of a former housefather at Norcott Villa Family Group Home. [Some details redacted].
June 12th 2009 - June 12th 2009
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Provides details of suspects, mentioning the former housefather at Norcott Villa born in 1947, and two individuals born 1961 and 1958. Refers to the victim's birth in 1961 and current unemployment. Background: Notes concern from Force Legal Advisor during 2007 regarding the amount of historica abuse cases being alleged, mentioning a report regarding alleged abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Provides details of a scoping exercise, mentioning the victim. Refers to a report into the issue of childcare conducted by Andrew Williamson during 2007 and 2008, on behalf of the States of Jersey, seperate to any States of Jersey Police investigations. Notes formation of the Historic Abuse Team by States of Jersey Police, mentioning an investigation into physical and sexual abuse on children at Haut de la Garenne known as Operation Rectangle. Comments on allegations centering on the later 1960s to mid 1970s, during which time Haut de la Garenne acted as both a remand centre and a place of care for children suffering from various domestic issues. Refers to allegations made the victim regarding physical and sexual abuse during the early 1970s whilst he was placed at Norcott Villa Family Group Home, naming suspects of alleged abuse. Refers to formal complaint made by the victim to States of Jersey Police dated 3 March 2008, and a statement recorded from the victim. Provides details of the suspect born in 1947, previously a housefather at Norcott Villa Family Group Home. Refers to the housefather's marriage the the Norcott Villa Family Group Home housemother, the death of a husband, the two younger suspects, and the housemother's employment at Norcott Villa. Refers to the housefather's full time employment during the period in question and present time. Provides details of the suspect born 1958, mentioning a change of name by deed poll, the suspect born 1961, and a move to Norcott Villa, mentioning the Norcott Villa housefather, and the early 1970s. Notes that the suspect born 1958 is now self employed. Provides details of the suspect born 1961, mentioning the suspect born 1958, a move to Norcott Villa, the Norcott Villa housefather, and the early 1970s. Provides details of the victim, mentioning placement at Norcott Villa in 1969, previous houseparents at Norcott Villa, and differences in the atmosphere in Norcott Villa after the previous houseparents departed. Provides details of main allegations from the victim, mentioning a statement dated March 2008. Recalls sexual abuse by the Norcott Villa housefather and the other two suspects, mentioning request for medical aid refused by the Norcott Villa housefather. Notes that the victim informed his Children's Officer [Child Care Officer] David Castledine, and an offer for the victim to speak to [Senior Child Care Officer] Anton Skinner. Refers to victim's assumption that David Castledine did not believe him. Refers to the victim informing his brother of abuse. Refers to brother's arrest, and lack of disclosure regarding incident of abuse concerning the victim. States victim's belief that he was tortured by the Norcott Villa housefather, mentioning boiling water. Refers to victim's final allegation that he would be locked up in the tool shed for up to three or four days at a time, mentioning general misbehaviour. Interview of the Norcott Villa housefather. Refers to interview of the Norcott Villa housefather at the Rouge Bouillon Police station dated 6 June 2009. Refers to the Norcott Villa housefather's relationship with the Norcott Villa housemother, mentioning employment and Norcott Villa. Refers to the Norcott Villa housefather's own employment, and his involvement around Norcott Villa. Refers to allegation made by the victim, and the housefather's denial of having had physical contact with the victim. Denies all other allegations made by the victim. Interview of the suspect born in 1958. Refers to interview dated 11 June 2009 of the suspect born in 1958, mentioning age upon move to Norcott Villa. Refers to allegations made by the victim put to the suspect born 1958, and the suspect's denial in having had physical contact with the victim. Notes sadness in allegations made by the victim. Interview of the suspect born in 1961. Refers to interview dated 11 June 2009 of the suspect born in 1961, mentioning age upon move to Norcott Villa. Refers to allegations made by the victim put to the suspect born 1961, and the suspect's denial in having had physical contact with the victim. Notes sadness in allegations made by the victim. Conclusion. Notes allegations made by the victim in a recorded statement against individuals associated with Norcott Villa and other people in the child care system. Notes lack of corroborative evidence supporting allegations made by the victim. Comments on ages of two suspects during alleged sexual abuse of the victim, and injuries that would have been sustained by the victim. Refers to the victim's statement that he informed his brother of sexual abuse, noting the brother's lack of recollection regarding the allegation. Refers to the victim's complaint being the only complaint that has been raised regarding an individual or individuals. Comments on allegations of sexual abuse made by the victim against members of Haut de la Garenne staff. Notes lack of bad feeling towards individuals including the victim, by those who have heard allegations. States lack of any possibility of a successful prosecution being mounted against [the suspects associated with Norcott Villa] regarding allegations made by the victim. Signed by Detective Constable 291.
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