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Digital copy of an Officer's Report from Civilian Investigator Valerie Joanne Davidson, Historical Abuse Team to the Senior Investigating Officer, Operation Rectangle concerning an investigation into allegations by Witness 167 against the son of her foster parents. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 167's Witness Statements to the States of Jersey Police, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/12.
April 1st 2009 - April 1st 2009
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Refers to Witness 167's residence at Haut de la Garenne, noting that in 1967 she and another child were fostered by a local Jersey couple who had two children of their own. Refers to Witness 167 having made a written statement in September 2008 regarding her time at Haut de la Garenne wherein in she also made allegations of indecent assault against the son of her foster parents. Also refers to assertion by Witness 167 that the other foster child was being abused by the son of the foster parents. States that the accused told Witness 167 not to tell anyone about the abuse or she would be faced with consequences and states that the incidents began when she was 8 or 9. Notes that Witness 167 asserted that she told a number of people about what had happened to her, including the other foster child, Richard Davenport and her foster mother, stating that her foster mother physically assaulted her when she disclosed the allegations to her. Provides details of the subsequent police investigation. Provides details of an interview with Witness 167's foster mother and foster father at their home address on 5 March 2009, referring to the foster mother's account of working at Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of Mr [Colin] Tilbrook and assertion that she never witnessed any abuse or violence of any type. Also provides the foster mother's account of fostering, referring to roles of the foster mother and foster father, comments about the relationship between the foster children and their own children and assertion that she never physically abused children as means of punishment. Includes comments by the foster mother response to allegations by Witness 167 that her son had sexually abused Witness 167, including assertion that Witness 167 never disclosed abuse to her. Includes remarks by the foster mother about Witness 167's behaviour from the age of 12 referring to drunkenness and stealing and remarks about Witness 167 being a liar. Notes that the foster father took little or not part in the interview and that both refused to make a written statement to police or co-operate further. Provides details of an interview with the daughter of Witness 167's foster parents on 11 March 2009. Includes comments by her about Witness 167's behaviour and conduct, referring to drunkenness and truancy, sleeping arrangements of the children, remarks about Witness 167's relationship with her mother and impact of this on her own relationship with her mother. Also includes comments about the circumstances surrounding Witness 167's departure from the family home, recalling that her mother would visit Witness 167 at Haut de la Garenne. Includes assertion that she never witnessed any inappropriate behaviour between her brother and Witness 167. Includes explanation of allegations that Witness 167 is money orientated and notes her refusal to make a written statement. Provides details of an interview with the other foster child on 17 March 2009. Includes assertions that they were never sexually abused by the son of the foster parents, witnessed Witness 167 being sexually abused or disclosed to Witness 167 that they had been abused. Refers to a statement obtained from Richard Davenport, noting his denial that Witness 167 ever made any complaint to him about the son of her foster parents. Also refers to a statement obtained from Witness 167's second foster parent noting that she denies that Witness 167 ever told her that she had been sexually assaulted but had formed an impression that something had happened whilst Witness 167 had lived with her first foster parents. Refers to examination of Witness 167's Social Services file, referring to her residency at Haut de la Garenne between January and December 1967, move to foster parents, readmission to Haut de la Garenne in March 1980 following eviction by foster parents, remarks in an entry by Richard Davenport about her foster parents' suitability to deal with teenage children, record of visits to or by foster parents and foster brother during time at Haut de la Garenne, and discharge from Haut de la Garenne in May 1983. Provides details of a suspect interview with the son of Witness 167's foster parents on 17 March 2009. Notes that he categorically denied allegations made by Witness 167 and remarks about him about Witness 167's motives for making such allegations. Includes concluding remarks, noting that Witness 167's evidence is uncorroborated, details of her disclosure are vague, inability of people to recall having been disclosed by Witness 167 such allegations of abuse, denial by the other foster child that they were sexually abused, denial by the foster mother that Witness 167 told her or that she physically abused Witness 167, Richard Davenport's inability to recall conversation with Witness 167 regarding allegations, remarks by Witness 167's second foster parent, lack of supporting evidence in Social Services records and categorical denial of the allegations by the suspect. Includes recommendation by Valerie Davidson that there is insufficient evidence to proceed, and subsequent recommendation of no further action by Detective Sergeant Smith on 1 April 2009.
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