Digital copy of Email correspondence involving John Edmonds concerning the decision making process in respect of case files relevant to Operation Rectangle, with particular reference to investigations into allegations of abuse by staff at Les Chênes. [Some details redacted]. For John Edmonds's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 19 January 2016, see C/D/AW4/B2/18/WS000698.

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March 19th 2009 - March 19th 2009

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• Email sent at 11:15 on 19 March 2009 from John Edmonds to Stephen Baker and Simon Thomas titled Operation Rectangle - Decision-Making Process. Copies in William Bailhache, Michael Gradwell and Alison Fossey. Details observations in respect of the decision making process in respect of case files relevant to Operation Rectangle relating to allegations against individuals including Mario Lundy and two other members of staff at Les Chênes Residential School. Includes reference to allegations by another member of staff in respect of witnessing an assault by one of the staff members on a resident and allegations against Mario Lundy. Includes comments about need to scrutinise witness reliability and examine the likelihood of concoction or collusion. • Email sent at 11:23 on 19 March 2009 from Stephen Baker to Cyril Whelan and William Redgrave titled Fw: Operation Rectangle - Decision-Making Process. Asks for views on the matter. • Email sent at 12:18 on 19 March 2009 from William Redgrave to Stephen Baker, Cyril Whelan and Simon Thomas titled RE: Operation Rectangle - Decision-Making Process. Outlines ideal scenario regarding consideration of all available material in relation to a particular witness before a decision is made regarding credibility, describing the manner by which the police have presented material as piecemeal. Includes comments about decision making process, remarks on likely outcome of a panel meeting proposed by John [Edmonds] and remarks about the nature of allegations in forthcoming Les Chênes files. Also includes discussion of issue of prompting witnesses about specific incidents. • Email sent at 12:24 on 19 March 2009 from Stephen Baker to William Redgrave and Cyril Whelan titled Re: Operation Rectangle - Decision-Making Process. Instructs William [Redgrave] to speak to John [Edmonds] and suggests that advice should be written. Makes suggestions regarding administrative action regarding witness assessment files and personal social services files. • Email sent at 12:40 on 19 March 2009 from William Redgrave to Stephen Baker and Cyril Whelan titled RE: Operation Rectangle - Decision-Making Process. Request clarity regarding a remark about advice being written and comments about the standard of the witness assessment file.


Bailhache, William
Baker, Stephen
Edmonds, John
Fossey, Alison
Gradwell, Mick
Lundy, Mario
Redgrave, William
Thomas, Simon
Whelan, Cyril
Attorney General
Health and Social Services
Les Chênes Residential School
Law Officers' Department
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police


Les Chênes, Five Oaks | advice | allegations | assault | child abuse | Children | children's homes | complaints | Correspondence | E-mail | evidence | IJCI | legal advice | Police | physical abuse | prosecutions | residential schools | witnesses


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