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Digital copy of an Application Form relating to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme as supplied by Lacey Advocates in respect of Witness 83. [Some details redacted].
June 20th 2012 - August 22nd 2012
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Letter from Emmott Snell Solicitors to Mourant Ozannes dated 6 July 2012 enclosing Historic Abuse Redress Scheme documentation in respect of Witness 83, mentioning application form, police statements dated 1997 and 2008, newspaper articles dated 1998 and undated, driving licences and passports. Application Form. Includes personal details of Witness 83. Claimaint's representative: refers to Emmott Snell Solicitors of 32 Grove Place, Bedford. Details of care: refers to full time residential care of the States of Jersey from 1972 until 1989, mentioning Haut de la Garenne, Norcott Villa [Family Group Home], and Blanche Pierre [Family Group Home]. Refers to siblings placed in care with Witness 83, and names other children in care with Witness 83. Abuse alleged to have taken place: refers to emotional and physical abuse between 1977 and 1989 as described in statements to States of Jersey Police, and states that a witness statement setting out fuller details and effects of abuse on Witness 83's life will follow. Names perpetrators of abuse as Jane and Alan Maguire. Refers to witnesses to abuse as other children in care with Witness 83. Complaints of abuse: provided statements to States of Jersey Police dated 1997 and 2008 in relation to physical abuse suffered as a result of Jane and Alan Maguire's actions. Notes that the Police investigated the matter. Criminal proceedings: instructed Bailache Labesse Solicitors in May 1998 to pursue a civil claim for personal injury in relation to physical abuse suffered by Witness 83 as a result of actions by Jane and Alan Maguire. Refers to legal costs leading to Witness 83's decision to withdraw the action. Previous civil proceedings: refers to Letter of Claim sent to Mourant Ozannes. Declaration of truthfulness: signed by Winifred Lockhart on 20 June 2012. Signature witnessed by Staff Nurse Gillian Mallet. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: 1. Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records: signed by Witness 83 on 20 June 2012. 2. Witness 83's statement to States of Jersey Police dated 5 December . Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] 208 N [Nicholas] Troy. Institutions Refers to residence at Blanche Pierre Group Children's Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home] from the age of 6 or 7, mentioning houseparents Alan and Jane Maguire who assumed responsibility for Blanche Pierre in 1980. Provides details of residents at Blanche Pierre. Provides details of staff at Blanche Pierre. Describes climate of fear experienced by residents at Blanche Pierre. Refers to punishments such as being sent to bed for days. Recalls being naked and washed in the bath by an individual when Witness 83 was 13, noting the individual's decision that Witness 83 had not bathed properly. Refers to experiences of other residents at Blanche Pierre. Left Blanche Pierre at the age of 16 following a row with Alan Maguire on New Year's Eve of 1989 to 1990. Abuse and Consequences Refers to physical and emotional abuse at Blanche Pierre by Alan and Jane Maguire, mentioning mouths being washed out with soap, and wooden spoons. Events after Leaving Care Comments on nervous disposition since leaving Blanche Pierre. 3. Witness 83's statement to States of Jersey Police dated 24 April 2008 as part of Operation Rectangle. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] Paul Carr. Refers to statement made to States of Jersey Police dated 5 December 1997 detailing abuse suffered by Witness 83 whilst resident at Blanche Pierre Group Children's Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Refers to visit to States of Jersey Police Station to be shown a copy of the statement dated 1997. Confirms that the statement dated 1997 is a true and accurate copy, and confirms that Witness 83 does not wish to add or change any of the statement's contents. 4. Newscutting of an article in the Jersey Evening Post entitled Child assault case collapses. Refers to the abandonment of a case before the Royal Court due to a lack of evidence. Refers to charges against Alan and Jane Maguire, formerly [houseparents] of Blanche Pierre children's home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home], mentioning assault and grave and criminal assault. Notes Attorney General Michael Birt QC's consideration that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed. Notes that decision not to proceed was taken following consultation with the States of Jersey Police's Child Protection Team and the Police Legal Adviser. 5. Newcutting of an article in the Jersey Evening Post entitled Couple face new charges in children's home assault cause. Refers to new charges brought in the Magistrate's Court against Alan Maguire and Jane Maguire, mentioning allegations of assault over a 13 year period at Blanche Pierre Group Children's Home at Le Squez [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Refers to phyiscal abuse, mentioning soap and disinfectant. Notes Advocate Christopher Lakeman's suggestion [Alan and Jane Maguire] would be opting for an old style committal so that all witnessnes will be called to provide evidence in the Magistrate's Court. 6. Newscutting of an article in the Jersey Evening Post entitled Boy was 'thrown across playroom'. Refers to evidence provided in the trial of Alan and Jane Maguire, Houseparents at Blanche Pierre children's home at Le Squez [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Describes emotional and physical abuse of children by Alan Maguire, and refers to charges relating to abuse committed between 1980 and 1993. Names Advocate Peter Harris, Assistant Magistrate David Trott, and Advocate Christopher Lakeman. 7. Newscutting of an article in the Jersey Evening Post entitled Cruelty at home alleged. Refers to Jane and Alan Maguire's appearances before the Magistrate's Court charged with cruelty to children, mentioning their former positions as houseparents at Le Squez Family Group Children's Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Refers to the Child Protection Team, Children's Services, Detective Sergeant Bernie Noel, physical abuse, employment of Jane Maguire with Health and Social Services at the General Hospital, Children's Services Manager Bob Woods, and a short history of Blanche Pierre Family Group Home. 8. Newscutting of an article in the Jersey Evening Post entitled Child abuse case adjourned. Refers to illness affecting Alan Maguire, noting charges put to Alan Maguire and Jane Magire's of alleged assaults at Blanche Pierre Children's Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home], Le Squez. Provides details of court proceedings, mentioning Alan Maguire's ill health, evidence provided by a former Blanche Pierre resident, emotional and physical abuse, Advocate Christopher Lakeman, Assistant Magistrate David Trott, and Advocate Peter Harris. 9. Letter from Emmott Snell Solicitors to Mourant Ozannes dated 24 August 2012. Encloses further evidence in support of Witness 83's application to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme in the form of a witness statement dated 22 August 2012. Early Life and Background Refers to birth during 1971. Institutions Details placement in care along with a sibling following mother's desertion and father's inability to care. Refers to placement at Haut de la Garenne between 1972 and 1976, prior to transfer to Norcott Villa [Family Group Home] at Bagot until 1977. Refers to transfer to Blanche Pierre Children's Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home] in 1977, naming houseparents later replaced by Jane and Alan Maguire after the houseparents left to work at Haut de la Garenne. Describes interior of Blanche Pierre, mentioning bedrooms. Provides details of other children at Blanche Pierre. Describes atmosphere of fear at Blanche Pierre, noting Jane and Alan Maguire's behaviour as the cause. Recalls punishments, mouths being washed out with soap by Alan Maguire, as well as being hit with a wooden spoon by Alan Maguire. Recalls threats made by Jane Maguire of physical abuse. Remained at Blanche Pierre until New Year's Eve 1989, leaving after an argument with Alan Maguire when Witness 83 was 18. Moved to Basil Lodge Hostel, staying at the hostel on and off for a further five years. Abuse and Consequences Refers to witness statements to States of Jersey Police dated 5 December 1997 and 24 April 2008 detailing daily emotional and physical abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire. Life after Leaving Care Recalls request to make a statement to States of Jersey Police regarding abuse suffered due to Alan and Jane Maguire. Notes that Witness 83 was not called to provide evidence in court against Jane and Alan Maguire. Describes shock and upset at learning that the case against Alan and Jane Maguire was to be discontinued. Recalls visiting Appleby Advocates with other former Blanche Pierre residents to investigate whether it would be possible to sue Alan and Jane Maguire or the States of Jersey in the civil court. Comments on alcoholism as a method of blocking out memories of Blanche Pierre. Recalls months spent in a London rehabilitation centre for alcohol dependence during 1992, but notes that he has continued to drink heavily followin that period of rehabilitation. Describes naturally shy personality, and confidence gained through the consumption of alcohol. Notes trouble with the Police as a result of drinking, mentioning prison sentences including at HM Prison La Moye for drink and drug abuse. Believes drinking is a direct result of abuse suffered due to the actions of Jane and Alan Maguire. Describes anxierty, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, discomfort around others, and his stammer. Believes stammer is a result of experiences at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home. Refers to medication for depression and anxiety, and an appointment with a psychologist at Jersey [General] Hospital in relation to anxiety. Refers to marriage dated August 1999, and divorce dated 2007. Refers to daughter, and employment for 17 years with a supportive employer.
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