Digital copy of Exhibit RFB1: The Attorney General v. [a former resident at Haut de la Garenne] before the Royal Court, Samedi Division. [Some details redacted]. Taken from Jersey Law on 22 August 2014. Used as evidence in relation to Robert F Bonney's First Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 17 October 2014 [C/D/AW4/B2/26/WS000655].

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• Indictment laid against the accused before the Deputy Bailiff M C St J Birt and Jurats Le Brocq and Le Cornu. Refers to one count of demanding money with menaces and the accused’s guilty plea. Gives details of offence, referring to allegations of sexual abuse by a male visitor to Haut de la Garenne (X) whilst the accused was aged between 6 and 10. Refers to two versions of events leading up to commission of the offence, involving contact between the accused and X in 2003 and request for money by the former of the latter. Includes details of mitigation, referring to the allegations of sexual abuse, conduct of the accused during statement of complaint made by him to the States of Jersey Police, the accused’s fragile psychological condition, intentions in respect of any money received and no contact with X since incident. Refers to the accused’s previous convictions, noting bad record before Jersey Magistrate's Court, Royal Court and Magistrates' Courts in the United Kingdom since 1966. Refers to minor motoring and larceny offences, minor dishonesty and a conviction for assault on police. Notes conclusions of the Crown to invite the Court to sentence the accused to two years' imprisonment. Gives details of sentence and observations of the Court, noting sentence of 18 months' imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. Refers to decision of the Court to sentence on the basis that the allegations of sexual abuse were true. • Judgment of the Deputy Bailiff in respect of The Attorney General v. the accused. Names Crown Advocate A J Belhomme and Advocate J Bell for the Defendant. Notes severity of the offence with which the accused is charged. Refers to decision of the Court to proceed in the case on the accused’s version of events, commenting on the offence from this perspective. Notes area of personal mitigation, referring to the accused’s guilty plea, co-operation, difficult background and reformed character, good work record, low risk of re-offending assessment contained in a Probation Report, and written references from his wife, former wife and family. Also refers to a report from the accused’s general practitioner and Mr Hollywood, the consultant psychologist, noting assessment that the accused’s actions were a symptom of his psychological state. Refers to possibility of community service, sentence of 18 months' imprisonment and decision to suspend the sentence for two years.


Belhomme, A J
Bell, J
Birt, Michael Cameron St John, Deputy Bailiff
Bonney, Robert
Le Brocq, Jurat
Le Cornu, Jurat
Attorney General
Crown Advocate
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Law
Magistrate's Court
Royal Court
Samedi Court
States of Jersey Police


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