Digital copy of the Witness Statement of [Witness 623] to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences at Les Chênes Residential School. Signature witnessed by J R Kellett. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Section 6 of Nicholas Griffin QC's Report [C/D/AW4/A5/26/WD008989] concerning Witness 246.

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June 10th 2009 - June 10th 2009

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Provides details about her early life and upbringing and the circumstances surrounding her being sent to Les Chênes on a voluntary basis in 1982 or 1983. Includes comments about her time at Les Chênes including details of the points system in place at the Home. Also includes recollections of staff including [Witness 246] and Mr [Mario] Lundy and other children in residence. Describes two types of punishment at Les Chênes: corporal punishment such as caning and uncontrolled punishment amounting to assault by staff particularly Mr Lundy and another member of staff. Includes recollections of an incident where [Witness 246] physically assaulted a resident and held him up against a wall by the neck, recalling residents and staff who may have witnessed the incident. Also recalls a similar incident involving Mr Lundy and another resident. Also includes recollections of an incident where [Witness 246] smacked a resident over the head with some plates and includes remarks about [Witness 246's] behaviour around her. Also comments about particular staff, describing Mr Lundy and [Witness 246] as the worst, noting that [Witness 246] and another member of staff would wind up and goad children. Includes comments about the education system at Les Chênes, recollections of holidays and trips, comments about home leave, the secure suite and food at the Home, and details of the daily routine. Includes comments about the competency of Mr [Richard] Davenport, her Child Care Officer. Also includes recollections of an incident involving a resident who was bleeding and includes remarks about some residents having died due to alcohol abuse or suicide, some having drink and drug problems and some having spent time in prison. Refers to Mr Lundy in relation to his use of the weight training room and remarks about the closeness of residents due to treatment by staff. Recalls being made to wear clogs and describes being subjected to emotional abuse as well as physical abuse. Includes comments about Mr Lundy in his role as Head of Education, stating that he should resign. Finishes with reflections on her time at Les Chênes. [For reference to Witness 246, see paragraphs 11, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 29].


Davenport, Richard
Griffin, Nicholas, QC
Kellett, J R
Lundy, Mario
Children's Services
Education Sport and Culture
Fort Regent
Highlands College
Les Chênes Residential School
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey


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