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Digital copy of Exhibit 11: Witness 145's Witness Statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences in care at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 246's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 3 August 2015 [C/D/AW2/B1/6/WS000624].
March 1st 2015 - March 1st 2015
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Background and Home Life States that he was born in Jersey in 1969, describing his childhood as difficult due to his father’s alcoholism and abusive behaviour. Refers to his time living with his grandparents, and his return to the care of his parents. Details mental health difficulties following his return to the care of his parents, mentioning suicidal thoughts. Institutions Recalls education at Grouville School and Le Rocquier School. Refers to brief placement at Brig-y-Don due to his mother’s admission to hospital. Recalls fond memories of the woman running Brig-y-Don. Details admission to a psychiatric unit [Child Psychiatric Unit] in March 1981, and subsequent transfer to Les Chênes Residential School in September 1981. Provides details regarding his arrival at Les Chênes, and placement in the secure cells for six weeks. Comments on the regime at Les Chênes, and criticises the punishments used by staff at Les Chênes. Includes recollections of Les Chênes staff including Mario Lundy and Witness 246. States that Witness 246 was often drunk on duty, stating that another resident told him that they had witnessed Witness 246 drinking in a nearby barn. Provides details of the Merit Award System in operation at Les Chênes through which residents would be rewarded with points for good behaviour, and would lose points for misbehaviour. Notes difficulty in attaining points due to his academic ability and refers to privileges gained through the accumulation of points. States that the Merit Award System did not reward effort, only success. Comments that neither Les Chênes staff or Social Services staff facilitated contact between him and his family whilst he was resident at Les Chênes, and that when returning from visits home, Les Chênes staff would not enquire as to how his visit had gone. Social Services Recalls the involvement of Social Services due to his father's physically abusive behaviour, but does not recall Social Services improving his situation. Recalls Social Services visiting him at Grouville School due to his father causing him to be burnt. Mentions interview with Police at the Police Station, and his transfer to the care of his grandparents. Comments on lack of support offered by Social Services upon his return to the care of his parents. Describes experiences of Child Care Officers including Anton Skinner, John Coomer [Hal Coomer] and Dorothy Inglis. Notes inconsistencies between records made by Dorothy Inglis and recollections of other people known to him, such as a teacher. Notes that Children's Services was referred to as the Welfare Department. Abuse and Consequences Details physical abuse by his father. Describes physical abuse by male staff at Les Chênes staff including Mario Lundy and Witness 246. States that Mario Lundy was known as the Pinball Wizard, mentioning Tommy, a film released in 1975 and watched by residents at Les Chênes. Refers to details of abuse provided to States of Jersey Police in connection with their investigation into historic abuse. Notes that residents did not discuss abuse at Les Chênes, mentioning infrequent visits by Child Care Officers and lack of contact with his own family. Recalls a resident report abuse to his family, and the resident being physically abused by a male member of Les Chênes staff and Witness 246 after the resident’s parents raised their concerns. Recalls Witness 246 forcing a resident to eat food that they were allergic to. Details physical abuse by Mario Lundy after being recalled to Les Chênes after losing his job and appearing at a Parish Hall Enquiry. Events since leaving Care Left Les Chênes on 27 November 1984, referencing a contract regarding his behaviour. Recalls signing the contract in the presence of a senior member of staff at Les Chênes. Refers to employment, and lack of support offered regarding his adjustment to life outside Les Chênes. Refers to loss of employment, and accusation of larceny by his father, leading to his appearance before a Parish Hall Enquiry. States innocence with regards to his father’s accusations. Returned to Les Chênes as a result of the accusations, due to having broken the terms of the contract signed regarding his behaviour. Left Les Chênes and moved to England, unbeknownst to Children’s Services. Refers to visits to his father, and residence with his great aunt. Notes Dorothy Inglis’ wish for him to be placed at Basil Lodge [Hostel] in Jersey. Refers to employment in England, and later return to Jersey. Refers to Dorothy Inglis passing personal information regarding him to Social Worker Roy Valentine, who was also known to him. Recalls instance where Roy Valentine owed him, and subsequently threatened him in relation to information about his childhood and in relation to the care of his daughter. Notes that Dorothy Inglis and Roy Valentine lived together at St Aubin at the time Roy Valentine began working at Social Services. Discusses interaction with States of Jersey Police regarding their investigation into historic abuse [Operation Rectangle]. Notes anger of former Les Chênes residents following the Attorney General’s decision not to press charges against Mario Lundy or a male member of Les Chênes staff. Comments on interaction with a Police Officer named Jimmy who had previously been employed in Liverpool on the Rhys Jones case, and Jimmy’s decision to leave [Operation Rectangle] due to corruption. Discusses his application to the redress scheme. Recalls meeting at the Royal Hotel, and an address by a member of the States of Jersey. Includes remarks about the standard of his representation by David Coleman, a solicitor at Lavelle Coleman, mentioning a deal made between David Coleman and the States of Jersey without consulting him. Refers to declaration signed by applicants stating that, following a deal, applicants would not take any civil or criminal action against the States of Jersey or alleged abusers. Criticises the implementation of the redress scheme and criticises the compensation received by himself and others. Details meetings between previous residents at Jersey Arts Centre, describing frustration due to some people appearing to be fabricating instances of having witnessed abuse in order to secure compensation. Refers to interaction with the Inquiry in order to try and prevent reoccurrences of the types of treatment he experienced. Recalls encouraging other former Les Chênes residents to report their experiences. Offers suggestions as to improvements to the care system in Jersey, mentioning vetting of Child Care Officers and criticising the promotions of Mario Lundy. Recommends that children’s homes should be improved so that children do not feel they are prisoners within the children’s homes, and that more action be taken with regards to the reasons for children being admitted to care. Comments on difficulties applying for jobs due to employers’ perceptions of Les Chênes. Comments on the effect of his experiences as a child in the care of the States of Jersey, mentioning his abilities as a father, and trust issues. Refers to previous drug and alcohol addiction, mentioning Alcoholics Anonymous. Refers to friends from school and from residential homes, and the effects on them of their experiences in care, mentioning drug and alcohol addictions, offences, and early deaths.
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