Digital copy of Exhibit 5: Unsigned statement of Michael Laing. [Some details redacted]. Undated, c. 2008.

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2008 - 2008

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Institutions Notes admissions to Haut de la Garenne between the years 1959 and 1968, following placement at Westaway Creche. Refers to temporary foster placments with families between 1959 and 1968. Provides details of life at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning bullying, placement in solitary confinement as a form of punishment, staff, and violence by staff. Provides details of foster placements, mentioning physical punishment, soiled underwear, pregnancy, and the behaviour of other children. Social Services Details concerns with the Children's Department, mentioning [Deputy Children's Officer] Charles Smith, and a woman named Thompson believed to be the Children's Officer [possibly Children's Officer Patricia Thornton]. Refers to the changing of his name depending on his foster placement at the time. Notes Michael Laing's complaint against the Children's Service and States of Jersey for failing in their duty of care towards him. Abuse and Consequences Refers to incident in the showers at Haut de la Garenne where the actions of a female member of staff caused Michael Laing to fall over and injure himself, leading to treatment at the General Hospital. Discusses Haut de la Garenne resident alleging abuse at Haut de la Garenne, and states that staff at Haut de la Garenne were helpful towards the resident in question. Refers to sexual abuse by the eldest son of Michael Laing's last foster family. Discusses complaints possible to pursue, mentioning deaths and ill health regarding those [previously having fostered] Michael Laing. Refers to having been caned at school as a form of corporal punishment, and considers caning to have been a lawful punishment at the time. [For a copy of this unsigned witness statement, see C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000006].


Children's Services
Children's Department
Children's Office
Jersey General Hospital
Haut de la Garenne
Historic Abuse Team
Operation Rectangle
Social Services
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States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche
Laing, Michael Paul
Smith, Charles
Thornton, Patricia
Thompson, Mrs


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