Digital copy of Winifred Lockhart's witness statement to States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle. Signature witnessed by CI [Civilian Investigator] P [Paul] Goddard. [Some details redacted]. For Winifred Lockhart's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 12 August 2014, see C/D/AW1/B2/15/WS000006.

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September 7th 2009 - September 7th 2009

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Early Life and Background Refers to birth as Winifred Margaret Proper to mother Winifred Ada Proper. Refers to mother's other illegitimate children, and mother's death from tuberculosis dated 1945. Institutions Refers to placement at Westaway Creche, before transfer to the Jersey Home for Girls at the age of 5. Provides details of staff at Jersey Home for Girls, and recalls up to 120 girls as being resident. Refers to fostering placement at the age of 7 for 2 years. Notes that a social worker would occassionally visit Winifred Lockhart in her fostering placement. Describes concerns raised at school over Winifred Lockhart's health and appearance during her fostering placement, mentioning headlice, ringworm, septic chicken pox, admission to hospital, and return to the Jersey Home for Girls. Refers to other fostering placements. Refers to transfer to the Boys Home at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning that she was the first girl to be admitted there. Recalls awaking at Haut de la Garenne to the sound of boys screaming, and refers to complaints made to individuals who oversaw the institution. Absconded from Haut de la Garenne after being hit in the face, only to be returned to Haut de la Garenne by friend Barbara Brown née Bougart's grandmother. Recalls appointments with psychiatrist Dr Wishard [Dr J Wishart] who did not believe her complaint. Recalls making a complaint to a female member of [Haut de la Garenne] staff who also did not believe her. Refers to admission to the General Hospital for a week, and discharge from Haut de la Garenne to the care of her uncle. Notes warning to uncle by Patricia Thornton regarding Winifred Lockhart's behaviour. Recalls names of children from her childhood. Recalls education at St Peter's School. Social Services Recalls Patricia Thornton's appointment at Children's Officer, following a riot in a children's home in the early 1950s. Notes that prior to Patricia Thornton's arrival there was no provision for welfare on Jersey, and that Patricia Thornton subsequently became Chief Welfare Officer. Describes relationship with Patricia Thornton, recalling her visit after Winifred Lockhart threw a bowl of porridge. Recalls Patricia Thornton alerting the Police who removed Winifred Lockhart to the Boys Home [Jersey Home for Boys] at Haut de la Garenne around the ages of 12 or 13. Comments on distrust of Patricia Thornton's position as reasoning for not confiding in her regarding abuse and treatment, noting belief that Winifred Lockhart was regarded by Patricia Thornton as a rebel and so therefore would not be believed. Refers to appointments with Dr [Louise] O'Mara [O'Meara]. Abuse and Consequences Provides details of physical abuse at Jersey Home for Girls. Provides details of emotional and physical abuse in her first foster placement. Refers to physical abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to an indecent assault by a man who examined Winifred Lockhart when she had a sore throat. Recalls remembering the indecent assault whilst a doctor examined her son for mumps. Recalls speaking to medical staff at the General Hospital about her treatment and history during an admission in the 1960s. States that friend Barbara Brown née Bougart was aware of abuse and treatment taking place. Life after leaving Care Left for employment in England at the age of 15, noting permission gained from Patricia Thornton due to Winifred Lockhart's designation as a ward of court. Refers to current civil claim against the States of Jersey for their treatment of Winifred Lockhart, assisted by solicitor [Alan] Collins. States that she has not spoken to Police about her experiences previously, but has been interviewed by the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation], and discussed her experiences with her husband and [Alan] Collins. Recalls conversations with Patricia Thornton prior to Patricia Thornton's death, noting that Winifred Lockhart still did not tell Patricia Thornton the full extent of her experiences. [For copies of this witness statement with differing levels of redaction, see C/D/AW1/A4/5/WD000013].


British Broadcasting Corporation
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey General Hospital
Jersey Home for Girls
Jersey Home for Boys
Operation Rectangle
Social Services
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
St Peter's School
Westaway Crèche
Brown, Barbara, née Bougart
Collins, Alan
Goddard, Paul, Civilian Investigator
Lockhart, Winifred Margaret
O'Meara, Louise, Dr
Proper, Winifred Ada
Thornton, Patricia
Wishart, J W, Dr


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