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Digital copy of an Officer's Report from Civilian Investigator John McMahon, Operation Rectangle to the Senior Investigating Officer, Operation Rectangle concerning Witness 264. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 264's Witness Statements to the Inquiry and the States of Jersey Police, see C/D/AW2/B1/7.
June 4th 2009 - June 4th 2009
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Notes that the report deals with the arrest of a former resident of Haut de la Garenne and Witness 264 in 2003/2004 and the Operation Rectangle investigation. Refers to the former resident of Haut de la Garenne being convicted with blackmailing Witness 264 and disclosing that he had been sexually abused by Witness 264 whilst he was a child. Also provides details of the former resident's background and history in care. Sets out details of numerous allegations of sexual abuse made by the former resident against Witness 264 in 2003/2004. Also includes details of the subsequent police investigation into these allegations, referring to recovery and examination of personal files of all of the children in care at Haut de la Garenne and enquiries into those identified as having an association with Witness 264. Refers to a search carried out of Witness 264's home, outlining a list of numerous items seized, and remarks about access to medical records in relation to the former resident and the Witness 264. Provides details of Witness 264's arrest and interview on suspicion of buggery, indecent assault and acts of gross indecency. Provides details of Witness 264's account of his associaiton with Haut de la Garenne in respect of visiting the Home and taking children out for day trips, and details of Witness 264's response to the allegations made against him. Includes a conclusion from the 2003/2004 case, referring to: Witness 264's association with the former resident, remarks about the veracity of the complaints, lack of corroborative evidence, admission by Witness 264 about his interest in young boys, evidence found during the police search of Witness 264's address, comments about Witness 264 dumping his computer prior to the blackmail investigation, remarks about positive references of Witness 264 from other former residents. Notes that there was insufficient evidence for a successful prosecution and that the former resident was sentenced after pleading guilty to blackmail. Also refers to allegations of sexual abuse made against Thomas Hamon by the former resident for which he pleaded guilty. Includes a timeline of police action in 2003/2004. Includes details of the Operation Rectangle investigation. Refers to the former resident receiving a payment from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for the sexual abuse he suffered which details Thomas Hamon and takes into account an allegation of sexual abuse by Witness 264. Provides details of research carried out, referring to: enquiries at the Registrar's office, documents recovered from the Haut de la Garenne files, a notebook seized during the police search of Witness 264's home and analysis of Witness 264's computer. Provides details of allegations made by three complainants against Witness 264, including of sexual and physical abuse made by the former resident and indecent assault alleged by two other former residents. Also refers to accounts of other individuals in respect of Witness 264, none of which contain allegations of sexual abuse against Witness 264 and including those with no allegations of abuse and some who made allegations against other individuals including [Colin] Tilbrook. Includes concluding remarks about the prospect for a conviction against Witness 264.
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