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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of John Edmonds to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences working in the Law Officers' Department since 2008 as Head of the Serious Crime Section and then Director of the Criminal Division. [Some details redacted].
January 19th 2016 - January 19th 2016
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Provides background information including an overview of his career as a solicitor and prosecutor the United Kingdom between 1977 and 2008 before moving to Jersey in June 2008 to work in the Law Officers' Department as Head of the Serious Crime Section and then Director of the Criminal Division following restructuring of the Law Officers' Department in October 2009. Describes his move to Jersey, commenting on the application process and details of his role of Head of the Serious Crime Section. Includes a description of general prosecution procedure and the role of the Law Officers' Department. Outlines differences in the prosecution procedure for Operation Rectangle, referring to the cases involving individuals including Gordon Wateridge, Michael Aubin, Leonard Vandenborn, Morag and Tony Jordan, and Claude Donnelly. Sets out details of his role and involvement with Operation Rectangle. Includes an explanation of procedural and evidential considerations in the decision to prosecute, referring to crimes and délits, disclosure, concerns in relation to obtaining evidence, and witness reliability. Describes changes to the prosecution team dynamic following the departure of Lenny Harper and arrival of David Warcup and Mick Gradwell, referring to the introduction of prosecution panel meetings. Details internal issues within the States of Jersey Police and sets out details of political imperatives for Operation Rectangle. Provides background to a media briefing on 12 November 2008 and remarks about the briefing itself. Comments on specific Operation Rectangle cases including: [Houseparents at a Family Group Home], an individual accused of rape in around 1968, Alan and Jane Maguire, and Tony and Morag Jordan. Includes comments about the law of corroboration as it related to cases under consideration in Operation Rectangle. Also comments on a number of points made by Mr [Lenny] Harper in his statement and evidence to the Inquiry described as misleading or inaccurate. Finishes with closing comments regarding his experience in Jersey since 2008, including observations about criminal law and procedure in Jersey.
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