Digital copy of the Witness Statement of a former Haut de la Garenne resident to States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle. Signature witnessed by J [James] McGranahan. [Some details redacted].

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October 13th 2008 - October 13th 2009

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Provides details of early life prior to admission to Haut de la Garenne, and later admission to Les Chênes [Residential School]. Recalls living with father, grandparents, and silbings until the age of 7. Recalls setting fire to his school. Recalls living at a bed and breakfast at the time with father and sibling. Recalls setting fire to the bed and breakfast by accident. States that father told him to leave the house and go to [Jersey Home for Boys] at Gorey. Recalls arrival at Haut de la Garenne, and placement in the detention rooms. Recalls sexual abuse in the detention rooms. Made a complaint regarding the sexual abuse to a member of staff. Recalls being instructed to look after young babies at Haut de la Garenne. Did not go to school at the time. Refers to subsequent sexual abuse. Discusses long term consequences of sexual abuse on the resident's mental health. Spoke to sibling following sibling's interview with Police. Told sibling about [sexual abuse], noting that previously the resident had not disclosed the [sexual abuse] to others. Does not recall the sibling being at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to admission to Les Chênes [Residential School] by the courts aftter the resident stole a gold coin from a hotel. Names [Child Care] Officer as [Richard] Davenport. Refers to a memorandum between Children's Officer C A Smith and Haut de la Garenne Superintendent Jim Thomson dated 10 July 1978. Discusses identity of a boy mentioned in the memorandum. Refers to a group photograph of children with Jimmy Saville. States inability to recognise those in the photograph, or the building in question. Refers to recent conversation with [sibling] regarding Haut de la Garenne. Refers to a plan of Haut de la Garenne. Notes areas of relevance.


Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Home for Boys
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
Davenport, Richard
McGranahan, James, Detective Constable
Smith, C A
Saville, Jimmy
Thomson, Jim


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