Jersey abuse case reopened with threat of leaked documents
Identities of almost 200 child sex victims of Jersey care home scandal could be leaked after secret document was sent by standard post and arrived OPENED
The details of hundreds of child abuse victims may have been leaked after officials failed to post sensitive documents securely, a former senior investigator fears.
The year-long inquiry into historic claims that children were molested in care homes in Jersey is currently under way.
Police have taken 1,776 statements in connection with 532 offences - with the 191 victims all entitled to anonymity.
But former Jersey police chief, Lenny Harper, fears their details may have been accidentally leaked after a confidential document posted to him by inquiry officials arrived in an opened envelope.
Mr Harper, who looked into reports of child abuse on the island in 2007 and 2008, said the Jersey Care Inquiry sent him the 200-page document to sign, but failed to send it by recorded delivery.
He said the post office in the UK had resealed the package in a plastic bag because it had been damaged and inserted a letter of apology for the condition.
Mr Harper has given evidence at the inquiry into reports of abuse in the island's children's homes and fostering services and said the document had contained 'the most sensitive information'.
Many victims were targeted in the Haut de la Garenne care home which closed in 1986.
He said: 'There are details of alleged abusers, there are details of many victims and what victims were saying happened to them.
'There are details of allegations of corrupt behaviour by officials in Jersey and many other details of a sensitive nature.
'It could cause a lot of distress to a lot of people.
'My main concern obviously would be the victims who gave accounts of what had happened to them in confidence at that time.'
'Much of our contact with witnesses is by telephone or electronic, but sometimes it is necessary to send documentation through the post, particularly to witnesses who are not on the island.
'The Inquiry has deliberately chosen not to draw attention to post, which is sent in plain, non branded envelopes or plastic document bags in the normal post.
'The Inquiry by necessity has to use the postal service on the island.
'The Inquiry views with concern the reports from Mr Harper that his private mail has possibly been tampered with and has been in contact with Mr Harper.'
When are they going to lock up the establishment abusers who are being protected by
the Jersey scum and filth?
At least 43 child abuse victims were mistreated at Jersey's Haut de la Garenne children's home, which was the centre of a criminal investigation in 2008.
Jersey government apologises to around 90 people who were sexually and physically abused by carers in children's homes
Around 90 people who were sexually and physically abused by their carers in Jersey children's homes will receive compensation of up to £60,000 after the government in St Helier offered an "unreserved apology" to the victims.
Announcing the launch of a "historic abuse redress scheme" on Thursday, Jersey's chief minister, Ian Gorst, acknowledged "that the care system that operated historically in the island of Jersey failed some children in the states' residential care in a serious way".
At least 43 of the victims set to receive compensation were mistreated at the Haut de la Garenne care home, which in 2008 became the centre of a criminal investigation into historic child abuse allegations. Police excavated the grounds of the home after receiving tip-offs that children could have been murdered and buried under the building.
No human remains were ever found and Jersey police subsequently admitted that their initial inquiry was flawed. But behind the scenes and away from the headlines, police were still investigating more than 100 allegations of serious child abuse at the home.
By the time the historic inquiry was closed in December 2010, eight people had been prosecuted. These included Michael Aubin, who admitted abusing young boys in the 1970s while he was a resident at Haut de le Garenne. Gordon Claude Wateridge was sentenced to two years in jail in 2009, aged 78, after being found guilty of eight indecent assaults and one common assault.
One woman who was sexually abused by a carer at the home for at least three years in the 1970s said on Thursday that it was "about time" the states of Jersey accepted responsibility for the abuse meted out by its employees at Haut de la Garenne over such a long period.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said in a phone interview: "Compensation is probably the wrong word because you can't give people their lives back, but the only way we can be compensated for what happened is with money."
She said the Jersey authorities were slow to react to allegations of abuse and had until now not apologised for the agonies inflicted on so many children in their care. But the money went a little way towards showing regret. "Money is all they understand in Jersey," said the woman, who is now in her 50s.
Last year, along with 42 other victims, she launched a case for compensation at the high court in London after their complaints were ignored in Jersey. This action will now be discontinued in the light of the compensation.
The woman was sexually abused by a male carer from the age of 13 until after her 16th birthday. It later emerged that he had been convicted of having unlawful sex with a minor before getting his job at the Jersey home, and after leaving the island he was convicted of child sex charges at a school. The woman said it took her until the mid-1990s to pluck up the courage to report the abuse to Jersey's children's services department – and that her allegations were not taken seriously enough. "They never gave me any indications that I wasn't the only one," she said.
The woman questioned the motives of the Jersey administration in announcing the compensation scheme. "I think they realise they were morally culpable, but the main thing is that they don't want any more embarrassment," she said. "They don't want to have it all dragged out and have reporters digging around again – it's not good for the island."
There was outrage in 2008 when the former chief minister Frank Walker was caught on microphone saying that one of the island's politicians, Stuart Syvret, was "trying to shaft Jersey internationally" by acting as a whistleblower in the abuse inquiry.
Alan Collins, a lawyer who represents 43 victims, said: "No amount of compensation can ever put right what the these children endured, but no matter how imperfect the means to achieve justice, what matters is the fact that the states of Jersey has recognised the need to do the right thing".
To claim compensation from the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme, victims have to prove that they were abused while in the island's full-time residential care at any time between 9 May 1945, the day Jersey was liberated from its Nazi occupation, and 31 December 1994.
Deputy Paul Le Claire gives Citizen’s Media an in-depth interview on how, is in his opinion, our Government and Civil Service operates. Due to uploading restrictions we have edited this interview in order to comply with these restrictions and at the same time represent the views of the Deputy.
The Deputy talks about such subjects as the removal of former Senator and Health Minister Stuart Syvret. The suspension of the former Chief Police Officer Graham Power QPM. The Deputy’s own speech in the States Chamber (which can be listened to HERE) concerning the conversation he allegedly overheard of the former Chief Minister and Former Home Affairs Minister about the retired DCO Lenny Harper.
There is a culture of Fear that runs through this island that is not only felt by us mere mortals, it is also felt by the elected members of our Parliament. Deputy Le Claire fully expects reprisals for speaking out so should be applauded for doing so.
Team Voice would like to thank Deputy Le Claire, not only for showing the courage of speaking out, but for supporting Citizen’s media by giving us a full and frank interview and an insight to the workings of our government machinery…………………………The Culture of Fear.
FREE STUART SYVRET: JAILED FOR EXPOSING JERSEY ABUSE ON HIS BLOG
On November 17, 2010, Stuart Syvret, former politician on the island of Jersey, was sent to prison for revealing on his blog the existence of a secret police report into a number of mysterious deaths at the island's hospital. His blog named an individual who was suspected by police of causing those deaths. Stuart contended that the original police investigation was inadequate and that the nurse in question was still a danger to patients.
But this is only part of the story. In 2008, Stuart was 'Father of the House' (longest serving politician) and the Minister for Social Services. As a result of whistle-blowers approaching him in private, he became aware of endemic child abuse in the island's institutions. When he tried to raise this as an issue in the Jersey States (parliament), he was sacked from his job. It was later revealed by the Chief of Police (Graham Power) that Stuart's sacking was plotted at the highest levels in the Jersey government and civil service.
Unknown to Stuart, at the same time that he was hearing reports from whistle-blowers, the Jersey police were 18-months in to an investigation into child abuse in several Jersey institutions, the most important being the former children's home of Haut de la Garenne. When this became public, the Jersey government and establishment did everything in their power to suppress the bad publicity. In one infamous incident, the then Chief Minister, Frank Walker, was caught off-camera by the BBC accusing Stuart Syvret of 'trying to shaft Jersey internationally'. It seemed that they were only concerned with Jersey's reputation and not the justice demanded by the over one-hundred victims who came forward to the police.
Many of those victims were robbed of their childhood. They had been cruelly abused - sexually, physically, and mentally. Some of the victims died young - of suicide, or as the result of substance abuse and other self-destructive behaviours that are the well-known response to childhood trauma. All the survivors wanted was justice: to see their abusers brought to book and for the States of Jersey to apologise for what was done to them. It seems that this was too much to ask.
Instead, the States of Jersey called them 'damaged people', 'alleged victims'. They tried to smear them as individuals and as a group. Not only that, but all of the people who were behind the effort to uncover abuse on the island were themselves persecuted:
* Stuart Syvret, politician, sacked without a hearing, defamed, prosecuted, and sent to jail.
* Simon Bellwood, social worker, sacked.
* Graham Power, Chief of Police, sacked without a hearing, his good reputation defamed.
* Lenny Harper, Deputy Chief of Police, retired before they could sack him, defamed, and subjected to a concerted campaign designed to destroy his reputation.
On the other hand, known abusers, against whom the police say they had ample evidence to charge, have been mysteriously let off.
Stuart has been sent to prison for pursuing justice for the victims and for trying to uncover the culture of concealment on Jersey. Just because he is in prison does not mean that his struggle had ended. Far from it.
We, friends and supporters of Stuart Syvret, intend to grow this campaign, to bring it to the world's attention, and to ensure that he is released from jail.
"Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise,
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell,
An innocent man in a living hell."
To help with our campaign, all that we ask is that you make yourself aware of the evidence by reading some of the links given below. If you support Stuart, please help us by publicising what has happened: email your MP (the British government is responsible for good governance on Jersey); use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word; write to the press (on Jersey and elsewhere); email the Jersey politicians who would like to see this 'embarrassing' episode 'put to bed' (their own words).
Above all we have to let them know that Stuart is not alone. They haven't got away with it. This fight is just beginning.
Unlike most of the Jersey politicians, who have behaved disgracefully, the survivors have shown great dignity, patience, and humanity. Below, I reproduce some posts from Stuart's blog. They are tenderly recalling a boy named Michael O'Connell who hanged himself at the age of 14 rather than be sent back to Haut de la Garenne where he had been violently and sexually abused in the very cellars which the Jersey government now say did not exist.
30 ALLEGE CHILD ABUSE IN HAUT DE LA GARENNE CELLARS
The issue of child abuse continues to haunt the government of Jersey, in spite of their best efforts to close down the matter politically, as was evident from numerous questions in the States on 20 April 2010.
In response to a question from Deputy Bob Hill, the Home Affairs Minister admitted that thirty people claim to have been abused in the cellars of the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home whilst children. The issue of government responsibility for acts carried out at government institutions remains very much alive.
The authorities and media have sought to describe the cellars of Haut de la Garenne as voids beneath the floorboards. The political purpose is to give the impression that these are not rooms, merely empty spaces beneath a building and implicitly not places where adults could have possibly abused children. It also seeks to discredit the claims of “torture chambers” that appeared in sections of the tabloid media; an impression that was highly damaging to the government’s competence and self image.
The Home Affairs Minister revealed that the clearance beneath the floorboards was 1.4 meters. Such a height would only permit an adult to kneel. Following a recent site visit to Haut de la Garenne, Deputy Hill was able to tell the States that the height between the earth floor and floorboards was 7 feet in places. This may be accounted for by the fact that spoil was removed during the Police investigation of the site. Nevertheless, was this height of 1.4m uniform and was it higher in other places.
The cellars have access from outside the building via steps and via a trap door from the Wardens's quarters. It is these Wardens that are alleged to have carried out abuse and most are now dead. There are claims by those who were there as children in the home that they were regularly abused in what the children themselves generally described as the cellars and which some knew as the “punishment room”. Those same victims describe persons of status and rank in the island community as attending the sexual abuse. It is such unsettling allegations that make it imperative for the public to know what really happened.
That thirty adults allege they were abused as children in the cellars is too large number to be readily dismissed. The mystery is that government cannot fully explain events other than by now claiming that the entire Police investigation was mishandled.
COUPLE DENY 49 CHARGES OF ABUSE AT JERSEY'S NOTORIOUS HAUT DE LA GARENNE
Several people have already been charged during the investigation
A couple from Scotland have denied 49 charges of assault at the former Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne.
Morag Jordan, 62 from Kirriemuir, Angus, faces 35 charges of common assault while her husband, Anthony Jordon faces 14 counts.
Both denied the charges at the Royal Court on Jersey and will face a trial. A date has not yet been set.
They remain on conditional bail and must stay at their home address in Scotland.
Three year investigation
The court heard that the allegations included pushing children's faces into urine, dragging by the hair and hitting with a metal ladle, between 1970 and 1984.
An investigation into abuse at the children's home started three years ago.
Six women and six men made the allegations of abuse.
Mrs Jordan began working at Haut de la Garenne in 1970 and Mr Jordan in 1978. Both left in 1984.
Several people have already been charged during the investigation.
JERSEY WHISTLEBLOWER MISTAKENLY ESCAPES TO SEEK JUSTICE IN THE CORRUPT UK
The sad fact is that Stuart thinks asking the UK for help will improve his situation when many of us are well aware the UK judiciary are every bit as bad as Jersey's .
A leading Jersey politician accused of leaking a police report is claiming asylum at the House of Commons because he believes he will not be given a fair trial on the island.
Senator Stuart Syvret, a former Jersey health and social security minister described by supporters as a ‘voice of the people’, fled to London shortly before he was due at a court hearing on Wednesday.
He has moved into the home of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who is backing the senator’s case for ‘legal asylum’.
As a Channel Islands citizen, Mr Syvret has an automatic right to live in Britain, but the senator will tomorrow ask the British Government for ‘protection from harassment’ from the Jersey authorities.
He was arrested and charged in April for data-protection offences after he made public a police report into an aborted investigation into the conduct of a male nurse on the island.
On Friday, Jersey magistrates made an order for Mr Syvret’s arrest when he failed to turn up to two court hearings.
But Mr Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley, along with Labour MP Austin Mitchell and Lib Dem peer Lord Wallace of Saltaire, are supporting the senator’s application for protection from the Jersey judiciary.
They say the British Government should intervene because Jersey is a Crown dependency and Britain has a responsibility for its good governance.
Mr Syvret was the ‘whistleblower’ who previously claimed island officials covered up child abuse at Jersey’s Haut de la Garenne children’s home.
Arrests and charges were made. But when Mr Syvret called for an independent inquiry into the handling of that case, he was accused of damaging Jersey’s reputation and dismissed as health minister.
Mr Hemming said: ‘He is staying in my London flat as my guest and they can arrest him over my dead body. He is a brave and principled politician.
‘Jack Straw must act. The Jersey establishment care more about covering up their failures than protecting patients. Stuart has revealed a botched investigation into a major crime, but the authorities are prosecuting him rather than investigating the allegations about the nurse.
‘It is quite clear that the judicial processes in Jersey are skewed against Stuart. We should not allow him to be extradited, to be prosecuted in a kangaroo court.’
In March this year Mr Syvret, Jersey’s longest-serving senator, published details of a police investigation into a registered nurse in what he described as an effort to challenge ‘the Jersey way of constant cover-ups, a toxic culture of concealment’.
He claimed police feared the nurse was obsessed with death and that further investigation was needed, but that officers had been obstructed from interviewing witnesses by the island’s health services and senior officials.
The nurse has previous convictions and was sacked from his post after having sex with a seriously ill patient.
He was also arrested after a girlfriend claimed he had gone to her home and hidden stolen hospital drugs, for which he was convicted.
Police reports confirm that detectives found drugs at her house.
Background checks revealed further grave concerns, including complaints by relatives who claimed they had discovered him turning up morphine doses and a senior nurse who found that he had blocked a heart patient’s life-saving drip with a bung.
Following Mr Syvret’s publication of details of the investigation, Jersey police asked the Metropolitan Police to review its handling of the case.
A report by former Detective Chief Inspector Keith Eldridge of the Met’s Specialist Crime Directorate, which reviews unsolved homicides, confirmed that the nurse was ‘potentially a danger to women’ and prone to ‘predatory and violent sexual behaviour’.
He recommended that Jersey police ‘carry out an up-to-date risk assessment with a view to prevention of offences against vulnerable members of the Jersey community’.
However, he added that there were ‘no grounds to invite the Crown to review its position as there is no new evidence’.
Despite the report, Mr Syvret, 44, is still facing the possibility of a jail sentence should he be found guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act.
But he claims he fled Jersey only after he was advised that he may be barred from mounting a public-interest defence in court.
Mr Syvret said: ‘My home was raided in April by ten police officers, my parliamentary email account downloaded and I have even been billed thousands of pounds in court costs. I haven’t even been allowed legal aid so I have had to represent myself.
‘It has been a travesty of justice. During the past three months I have made around 50 different applications before the judge – relating to disclosures of evidence and the calling of witnesses – and every single one has been rejected.’
Mr Syvret intends to give himself up to police at the House of Commons tomorrow and then go through the unprecedented process of claiming the right to a fair trial on the mainland.
Lord Wallace claimed the Jersey government was attempting to silence its critics. He added: ‘Senator Syvret is a leading member of the States of Jersey. As an elected representative, it is his job to investigate the quality of public administration in Jersey and to respond to what those who voted for him have told him about past administrative actions.’
STATEMENT BY CARRIE MODRAL ON BEHALF OF JERSEY SURVIVORS
For the past 2 years or so the people of Jersey have lived with the horrors of the unfolding story of Haut de la Garenne and related matters. We, on the other hand, the so called “victims of historic child abuse” have lived with the horrors for decades.
We are a group of people only because we all share a similar dreadful experience. We were all innocent children but we are as different from one another as any other people in society. We all had our own individual characters, ambitions and abilities.
Some of us have survived our experience better than others. Some have found happiness with our own families but some have found personal relationships impossible to achieve. Others sadly have succumbed to despair. But, we were all damaged in some way as a result of the abuse that we suffered whilst in the care of the States of Jersey.
When the States of Jersey Police announced 2 years ago that investigations were being commenced into child abuse allegations at various care homes, we responded with some reluctance to the call to come forward with our testimonies.
Many of us have tried to make complaints to officials about our abuse in the past, but have not been believed or have been further humiliated or worse. To re-live the experiences of our childhood abuse, even amongst family and friends, is an extremely stressful experience and it is not something that we undertake with any enthusiasm.
Nevertheless, we were given every assurance by Lenny Harper and his Police team that our experiences would be treated seriously and would be properly investigated and so far as we are aware, the investigations by Lenny Harper and his team were carried out with care and sympathetically.
We had no reason at all to believe that the Jersey Police were not managing our cases in a professional manner. We were at all times kept informed of the progress of our individual cases and we were led to believe that those who had abused us would be prosecuted where ever possible. We had no complaints about our treatment by the States of Jersey Police whilst Lenny Harper was in charge of the investigations.
However, since Lenny Harper retired, we have found that the States of Jersey Police have consistently failed to communicate directly with us, or to keep us informed of progress on our individual cases or the investigation in general.
On the contrary, we have repeatedly discovered through the media that the standards of Police conduct are hotly disputed; that there are allegations of incompetence and malpractice and such information has not been the result of casual rumour, but the deliberate outpourings of the most Senior Police Officers themselves. And most of us have learned, by the same means that more and more cases have been abandoned and that now, only one or two prosecutions might yet be initiated, but we do not know which these might be, if any. There have only been three cases taken to Court to date, all of which came back with a guilty verdict and all as a result of the work carried out by Lenny Harper and his team.
During the past 2 years we have had the most private and painful details of our lives broadcast world-wide. These details have been discussed, analysed, argued and fought over, in public, by police officers, politicians, lawyers, journalists and every Tom, Dick or Harry. Our emotions have been mangled. Our dignity stripped bare and our reputations and motivations called into question.
We did not and do not deserve such treatment.
During the past two weeks the public of Jersey has been exposed to a barrage of information, via the Jersey media, from, and interviews with, retiring police officer Gradwell which has totally rubbished the credibility of the entire investigation carried out by Lenny Harper and his team. In addition, the public have been told that the enormous expenditure is not justified.
All this has taken place in an Island where the Chief of Police is suspended from duty for reasons which have not been made public and our Political and Judicial heads seem to take every opportunity to discredit us, our complaints or the manner in which these have been dealt with. Yet, nobody made any official attempt to warn us that these things were likely to happen or that our cases might have been handled with such incompetence. Nobody has offered us even the hint of an apology that such things have been allowed to happen. They should all hang their heads in shame.
Once again, we who were abused as children and at every turn when we sought help have been treated with contempt by the Jersey Police and other island authorities. We have been humiliated yet again and are now presented in the public mind as the cause of many problems whereas we are, in fact the totally innocent victims.
Now, the investigation is in disarray. But our lives are more damaged than they were 2 years ago because we have dared to trust in the Jersey Judicial system and to co-operate with the Jersey Police, we are being abused all over again.
We are reluctant to offer any public statement on these matters because every word that is uttered only adds to our grief and the discontent among our families and friends. We are also aware that enquiries still continue and we do not want to say anything that could harm these cases.
But we want the public of Jersey to understand that we did not wish for any of these things to happen. We have only sought to achieve justice for the wrongs committed against us when we were children whist in the care of the States of Jersey and we have been let down very, very badly, all over again.
May God forgive you.
Carrie Modral, 8th September, 2009
SOCIAL INJUSTICE PROTEST GREETS JERSEY'S NEW BAILIFF
There is a spectre haunting Jersey politics; it is the spectre of the Haut de la Garenne and child abuse scandal. Jersey’s Establishment continues to be troubled by an issue that they have sought continually to close down as a political issue yet one that reappears in many new guises. That the inauguration of a new Bailiff should occur accompanied by popular protest is without historical precedent. It is the sign of a crisis; of the rift that is opening up between the People and the rulers.
It was small, but it was vocal with chants, whistle blowing and drumming. A core group of bout 10 demonstrators, with Senator Syvret in their midst, stood apart beneath the statue of King George. They were not alone, as many sympathizers milled around or looked on discreetly from the benches and corners of the Royal Square not wishing to assume a prominent role, yet expressing solidarity with those more courageous. These were the demonstrators who had assembled in the Royal Square to protest at the inauguration of Michael Birt as the new Bailiff of Jersey on Thursday 9th July 2009.
The inauguration should have been a preeminent Establishment pageant – an assertion of power and authority. Instead the politically embarrassing issue of child abuse reared its head once again.
During the inauguration ceremony the demonstrator’s whistles were clearly audible inside the Royal Court. The select audience was made aware of protest throughout, but the interesting events occurred as they all trouped out after the ceremony into the roadway outside to form a column. They were all there: the Jurats in red, the Advocates in black, the boys of Victoria College CCF in blue and khaki uniform and the States Members en tenue bourgeoise. The funny hats were evident; the Lt Governor wore his black staff cocked hat with plumes; the Bailiff had his red Tocq, whilst other officials black ones. Were the devil to have cast his net …..
Jersey’s bourgeoisie suddenly found themselves being heckled by the lower classes and radicals; they did not like it. Not quite sure how to respond, a group of Advocates, lined up along the Royal Court road, embarrassedly started clapping in a show of support for the new Bailiff. A few musicians from the Band of the Island of Jersey that had obviously been strategically placed to mask the protesters' chants and whistles, had to play extra loud and repeat the same tune, but to little avail.
Here was a fine juxtaposition of the divide that exists within Jersey society. On one side were the protestors, many themselves victims of abuse with origins in Jersey’s working poor and on the other side the Establishment of Crown Officers, assorted judges, lawyers, the Council of Ministers, States Members and government officials. The contrast was stark.
At the heart of the protest was the divide within Jersey society between its rich and poor; its rulers and the People. The demonstration was above all a protest for social justice. It may yet be recorded as a day when ordinary people made their own history and upstaged the elite.
NB MEDIA COVERAGE
At the time of posting we wait to see how the JEP deals with the protests.
This will appear in the Friday edition of the paper. Expect hostility towards a renegade Syvret. We predict an editorial full of tendentious rhetoric about a small minority of proles not showing enough deference to the natural leaders of society.
The coverage by Channel TV in its Channel Report was sympathetic and even humorous. It including an interview with Senator Syvret, and noted the evident discomfort of the Advocates dutiful clapping, whilst reporting that the band played on and on and on, in a hopeless bid to parry the noise of the protestors.
BBC Channel Islands was more problematic. It failed to achieve a balanced report that explained to the public the reasons for protest. However, this is consistent with their coverage of the 8th March 2008 Time4Change Rally which was extremely partisan in favour of the government and hostile to the protestors. The editorial line and tone of the TV side is always more firmly pro government and critical of dissent than BBC Radio Jersey. This is curious given that they are supposedly the same organisation.
JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT ATTACK ABUSE WHISTLEBLOWER AGAIN
Stuart Syvret to be charged over Jersey abuse blog
The politician who drew attention to the island’s child abuse scandal has been charged under the Data Protection Act.
Stuart Syvret, 44, was charged the day after the island’s authorities announced on Tuesday that no action would be taken against 11 people accused of child sex offences.
The charges relate to articles written on his internet blog, one of which allegedly contained personal details taken from a confidential police report. Mr Syvret, a senator in the island’s government, was arrested in April when his home was raided by officers who interviewed and released him pending further inquiries. He was called back to police headquarters on Wednesday evening and is due to appear at Jersey Magistrates’ Court next Thursday.
Mr Syvret has been an outspoken critic of the way the island’s establishment has dealt with allegations of abuse at children’s homes dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. In 2007 he was dismissed from his post as Minister for Health and Social Services after claiming that abuse cases were being covered up.
A police investigation into the Haut de la Garenne children’s home, where hundreds of former residents claimed that they were sexually and violently assaulted, has so far led to charges against two people.
Mr Syvret, who called for both an independent inquiry and for court cases to be held in Britain, had been accused by the former Chief Minister, Frank Walker, of damaging Jersey’s reputation. After his arrest in April he said the action against him was politically motivated and he was considering legal action against the police.
Mr Syvret denies he has done anything wrong and says his actions were in the public interest.
He said: “I can’t see the charges standing up before any competent and just court. Whether there is the faintest chance of getting that on Jersey remains to be seen.”
Stuart Syvret to be Arrested and Charged For Publishing the Truth.
Eleven Child Rapists and Batterers To be let-off.
Just a very brief posting – and sadly it might be my last for some time – as I have just learnt that I’m required at Police Headquarters at 5.00 pm this afternoon where I will be arrested and charged with supposed breaches of the Data Protection Law.
I don’t know if I’ll receive unconditional bail – if not, they’ll keep in the slammer overnight – if not longer.
I’m going to try and get there around 4.50 to speak to some of the media if you feel like coming along to watch.
Just to place my supposed gross criminality in context – I’m going to be arrested and charged – one day after Bill Bailhache – Jersey’s Attorney General - announces – without apparent embarrassment – that 11 of the accused child rapists, child batterers and concealers of child abuse are not to be charged and the cases against them dropped.
And to think – some people still labour under the delusion that the administration of justice and proper rule of law actually works in Jersey.
Though, having said that – you just couldn’t pay for stupidity of this grade.
Ironically – as far as I’m aware – as the police have never given me formal notification of any change in circumstances – Bill Bailhache, Emma Martins, Bill Ogley – and a number of similar Jersey oligarchs, remain under criminal investigation for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and misconduct in a public office.
Oh well – pretty handy I guess – being in charge of prosecution decisions – when you’re under investigation.
Right – now what I need are two States members who will go and have a private, secret meeting with Bill Bailhache – and ask him to drop the charges – and there you go!
I mean, if it’s good enough for Roy Boschat to get away with bribing cops - following Deputy Egre and Senator Ferguson going to ask Bailhache to let him off – then it’s good enough for me.
Remember – we’re all equal before the law!
Let me leave you with this observation, made by Harry S. Truman:
“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse – or a politician. And to tell the truth – there’s hardly any difference.”
I’m just going outside now. I may be some time.
I'M FROM JERSEY(WHERE YOU SUCCEED IF YOU'RE A RICH DEPRAVED PERVERT)VIDEO
JERSEY COMPASSION AND SOLIDARITY MARCH
A PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF DECENCY
Join the Public March this Saturday 12.0 Noon – Peoples’ Park.
In Jersey this Saturday, we will be holding a peaceful demonstration in the form of a march from Peoples’ Park to the Royal Square.
Organised by survivors, supporters of survivors, and organisations such as the Care Leavers Association – this march will be an opportunity for decent people to come and join in and express support and compassion for survivors of abuse – wherever they may be.
Though organised by survivors, by taking part in the peaceful protest you will be helping to make a more general point concerning the frequently poor standards of public administration in Jersey.
On April the 25th 2009 at 12 noon there is to be a silent and peaceful march from Peoples Park to the Royal Square. The march will be in support and acknowledgement of victims of child abuse past and present across the world.
On October the 21st 1996 up to 300,000 Belgian citizens took to the streets wearing white ribbons and arm bands as a symbol of hope which became known as “The White March”. It was not only a march for hope but also a silent peaceful protest against their governments handling of the of the Marc Dutroux case which bears many similarity’s, not only to the way our government has handled the child abuse scandal that has hit Jersey, but the way child abuse is handled by some governments across the world.
We would like the Jersey White March to be non political or critical of our government or police investigation. We believe it will be an opportunity to show abuse survivors and the rest of the world that the good people of Jersey do not condone abuse of any human being - child or otherwise.
Abuse survivors, across the globe, have had theirs and their family’s lives torn apart, wrecked, and destroyed, not only by the heinous abuse they have suffered at the hands of their abusers but the wall of silence that inevitably surrounds the taboo subject of paedophilia.
This March has the support of the Care Leavers Association (CLA) and the Jersey Care Leavers Association (JCLA) Please give this march and all abuse survivors your support and show the world the good people of Jersey DO care.
We would ask that if you are able to attend the march that you wear something white, a symbol of hope.
If you are a blogger and support abuse victims around the world, please copy and paste this into your blog for this Saturday, the 25th April.
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Just a brief post as I am doing yet more legal work - and as I've commented elsewhere, the police raid and search of my home on on Monday was - most definitely -unlawful. Notwithstanding some feeble assertions made by some; assertions which fail to take into account at least half-a-dozen other laws.Not to mention the European Convention on Human Rights.
But,enough of that - the legal explanations shall have to wait for another day.
For this evening I just wanted to alert all my readers to the fact that the cops are trying to hack my blog in an attempt to take it down or remove certain postings and comments.
They've been too thick to quite get there yet - but I imagine it's only a matter of time. I expect they'll have to get someone in who knows what they're doing.
To illustrate the stupidity of the Jersey plod - consider exhibit 1.
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So using my personal data they stole from my home in their unlawful raid - the Jersey cops are now trying to hack and take down my blog.
It was an inevitability - but one many of my readers have taken precautions against, through the expedient of copying everything I have ever posted.
So if this blog is taken down - or any specific postings are removed - you know what to do team!
Just stick it all back up on other sites.
Given it takes about 4 minutes to open a blogger account, I'll establish several others, under slightly different names - so if you return to this site and find it vanished - just google - or look at a few other Channel Island sites - and I'm sure you'll find links to my new blogs.
Should it be necessary to establish them.
I have posted a great deal of controversial public interest disclosure information on this site - in addition to certain items of documented evidence - all of which has infuriated the Jersey oligarchy - but their prime motivation is fear.
Here we have an entrenched and corrupt Establishment - utterly unused to any meaningful dissent, criticism or defiance.
Suddenly - in the age of citizen media - after 800 years - the Establishment of this rock have lost control of the means of managing the opinions of the island's population at large.
The culture-shock is palpable.
We need only consider the intellectually bankrupt rant of demonstrable lies in the leader comment of tonight's edition of The Rag.
According to the said journal - I and my supporters merely engage in "wild allegations and conspiracy theories"
The Rag again attempts to assert that I didn't blow the whistle on any child protection failures.
I have destroyed all these assertions from The Rag in previous postings, so for tonight, I won't go into detail all over again.
Perhaps I'll do that tomorrow?
If The Rag has the courage to put the leader comment in question on its web site?
So whilst I wait for a moment in which to re-state the evidence, just consider this one fact.
In answer to a question in the island's Parliament - in July 2007 - I gave an honest answer - which reflected information I had stealthily gathered for the first 6 months of that year.
For the fist time ever an elected member of the States stood up and said our child protection systems had failed.
And even then, exposing the abuses had to be done in the teeth of opposition from the civil servants and the Jersey Establishment Party.
And in the teeth of opposition from The Rag itself - another Stout example of which we read in its leader comment tonight.
In fact - when time permits - I will recount all the occasions when I have supplied hard, documented evidence to The Rag itself - only for it to bury it and in so doing, betray the public interest.
You see, The Rag has customarily served its purpose as the house journal of the island's oligarchy - largely by burying the truth.
But now - it can't do that any more, at least not whilst retaining any kind of credibility - because the evidence The Rag buries just comes out in citizen media.
So - kicking and screaming, it too has to go down the path of, very occasionally, making like a real newspaper - and reporting matters that in decades gone by it would have covered-up.
When reading the leader comment in The Rag tonight, what is revealed is naked terror.
This is a journal that knows it is facing oblivion - along with many other local newspapers - because of the growth of citizen media, such as blogs.
So at every opportunity, it has to try and attack blogs, in a desperate attempt to keep its traditional audience from being tempted away from its brain-numbing, trivial rubbish.
It is, of course, a futile exercise.
In fact - every bit as futile as the plod hacking my blog site.
You can't stop the tide of history, guys.
Be it revenue from advertisers - or bribes from tow-truck operators - the days of the Jersey oligarchy milking this community as though it were no more than a piece of money-making apparatus - are rapidly coming to an end.
Fortunately for the ordinary, decent people of this community.
Remember, readers - if this blog goes - just search for its replacements.
Dave 'rocket-scientist' Minty perhaps believes he can shut down the whole Internet.
But we know better.
The Jersey States politician arrested in connection with allegations of possibly knowing of data and conceivably thinking about whispering some of it to his neighbour's cat, has been released.
According to the States Ministry of Truth, data is a volatile and highly toxic substance to the people of Jersey, and as such the States strenuously enforces data protection laws in order to protect people from its virulent spread. In its more dangerous forms data is known on the street as information, or to extreme users, 'hard facts'.
Eight officers from the States of Jersey Thought Police Rapid Reaction Unit A.K.A. The Quay Stone Cops converged at high speed in front of Stuart Syvret's secret hideout while he was allegedly about to open his mouth to speak at 0900 BST. Luckily no data escaped and the day was saved, although all four cars were written off.
The senator and former health minister is thought to have spent six hours in custody helping police with how to insert long and rarely used, yet clever sounding words into everyday conversation.
The data in question is thought to be something to do with the Haut de la Garenne children's home. Such data has recently been upgraded from Class C to Class A knowledge, because of the effects it was having on the Jersey population. People who had been in contact with such data had reportedly started exhibiting unwholesome behaviours such as 'thinking for themselves', 'questioning the status quo' and displaying irritation in contact with politicians.
In 2007 Stuart Svret was sent home from his post as Minister for Health and Social Services after claiming child abuse cases were being covered up.
The officious response from the States Ministry of Truth is 'We never covered up the fact that there was a cover up. You're all trying to shaft Jersey, anyway. You hate Jersey, you Jersey-haters, you.'
Senator Syvret, who called for both an independent inquiry and for court cases to be held on the UK mainland, was accused by States Ministry of Truth members of tarnishing Jersey's world reputation as a paedophile's tax-free luxury paradise where nonces can stash their dodgy assets, by attempting to undermine and subvert the government into adopting the questionable practices of transparency and justice.
JERSEY WHISTLEBLOWER MAY SUE OVER ARREST
A controversial Jersey politician who claimed officials on the island covered up child abuse is considering legal action against the police after he was arrested.
Whistle-blower Stuart Syvret was arrested in the parish of Grouville in connection with an alleged breach of data protection law.
The 43-year-old senator was not charged and, after a day in custody, was released "pending further inquiries".
He said officers searched his home and he was kept in a police cell all day other than for a two-hour interview. He claims the police did not have a warrant to search his property and believes the arrest was politically motivated.
Mr Syvret said: "The whole exercise was designed to intimidate and harass me and to intimidate the whistle-blowers who give me information. This was an act of oppression against the person who is leading the opposition to the establishment on this island.
"I am certainly going to seriously contemplate a legal action of my own because of this.
"This is what happens to anyone on Jersey who rocks the boat - you get clobbered."
Mr Syvret was an outspoken critic of the establishment's handling of the historic police investigation into child abuse on the island.
In 2007 he was dismissed from his post as Minister for Health and Social Services after claiming abuse cases were being covered up.
The investigation focussed on the Haut de la Garenne children's home, where hundreds of former residents claimed they were sexually and violently assaulted
A controversial Jersey politician who claimed officials on the island covered up child abuse has been arrested at his home.
Whistle-blower Stuart Syvret was arrested at 9.10am on Monday in the parish of Grouville in connection with an alleged breach of data protection law, according to sources.
The 43-year-old senator remains in custody helping police with their inquiries.
A spokeswoman for Jersey Police said: "We can confirm that a 43-year-old man is in custody helping us with our inquiries.
"He was arrested this morning in connection with alleged breaches of data protection law."
Following the arrest, Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming said he had sent a letter to Justice Secretary Jack Straw asking him to monitor the situation because he believed it could be "motivated by political reasons".
Syvret was an outspoken critic of the establishment's handling of the historic police investigation into child abuse on the island.
In 2007 he was dismissed from his post as Minister for Health and Social Services after claiming abuse cases were being covered up.
The investigation focussed on the Haut de la Garenne children's home, where hundreds of former residents claimed they were sexually and violently assaulted.
Syvret, who called for both an independent inquiry and for court cases to be held on the UK mainland, was accused by the Chief Minister, Frank Walker, of damaging Jersey's reputation.
“All Professions are a Conspiracy against the Laity” said George Bernard Shaw a long time ago but like Wedgie Benn, he was an old fashioned Socialist – and who takes any notice of Socialists these days!?
In Jersey the Professions like Lawyers, Doctors, Dentists, Architects, Accountants, Vets and even Teachers and Nurses are a remarkably silent group – except where their own fees or salaries are concerned.
Elsewhere, such as the UK or in Europe, groups of Doctors or Lawyers are regularly heard campaigning about social issues that do not just affect them directly. Thus Doctors will lobby for better hospital or caring standards and Lawyers will promote law reform or for justice for some wronged individual or group.
But in Jersey, year after year there is just silence. When did you last see or hear any group of Jersey Professionals campaigning in public to improve anything other than their own personal interests?
Why is it that so many of Jersey’s best trained people are so reluctant to be political or to give a lead where some knowledge and expertise would be so helpful?
Of course, virtually all Jersey’s Professionals are doing very nicely thank you and there must be more Doctors, Accountants and Lawyers per square inch in this little place than anywhere else on earth. Yet you might expect just a few to step out of line and to form lobby groups to complain about the treatment of old people in care or inadequate labour protection laws as their brothers and sisters do in other places. And, after all, they have largely had just the same professional education and belong to similar, if not the same, professional bodies.
In fact there are many supposed reasons why they remain so smugly silent in Jersey.
Jersey’s own Lawyers have their own regulating body and control their own standards of entry and discipline – which is about as undesirable and incestuous as you can imagine. But as for the others, they are ultimately answerable outside of the Island and if you have ever tried to make a complaint against a Doctor or Accountant you will know how absurdly difficult that process is..
It is of course an old truism that Doctors bury their mistakes but Dr Shipman killed and buried hundreds of his UK patients before his fellow Professionals even suspected that anything was wrong and then only after a taxi-driver noticed the large number of one-way trips that he was making to the fateful surgery.
So let us not be at all surprised that Jersey’s auditors and accountants and lawyers have not been lobbying for the ex-staff of Woolworths. They know only too well where their next fees are coming from and do not and have not had any concern for those little people who receive no redundancy payments and only a half-baked form of income support from the Social Security Department (now with accountant Deputy Gorst as Minister of course).
If the working – or not working – people of Jersey are looking for any help in promoting their own interests – then the make-up of the States clearly shows that the Professional classes will not be picking up the banner on their behalf.
On this particular, “Titanic” it really is every one for his or her self.
Yet, there is one worrying trend which might offer an excuse for some of our Professionals because Jersey employers are reported to be demanding that employees sign contracts which forbid participation in political activities.
The extent of such an outrageous abuse of Human Rights is not known - and any such contracts are almost certainly drawn up by lawyers and accountants who should know better – but it could mean that most working people in Jersey will be forbidden from political activities at all - if it is allowed to gain ground.
But who will come out of the woodwork or from behind the Professional facades to protest?
Haut de la Garenne Care Leaver critical of "No Murders" assertion
As a Jersey Care Leaver I was devastated to hear BBC Spotlight News on 13th November 2008 at 6.30pm concerning the inquiry into Haut de la Garenne. I want to distance myself from the comments of Eireann Le Poidevin, the spokesperson on behalf of the Care Leavers Association. I believe that she is unrepresentative of the true opinion of the majority of members. I am fully behind Lenny Harper and Mr Powell and have always supported Senator Stuart Syvret.
There should have been a meeting of all Care Leavers who were at Haut de la Garenne or Jersey Home for Boys, before any comments were made on behalf of the organisation. As a former resident of the Jersey Home for Boys during the Occupation, I feel that any comments should have come from those who were actually at the institution. I was not notified before hand of what was going to be said on BBC Spotlight.
From the beginning of the inquiry everything was done by the Establishment to discredit the enquiries that were being made. I do not trust the Establishment and never will. As I understand the spokesperson for the Care Leavers, Eireann Le Poidvin was never at Haut de la Garenne and this matter should have been left to someone who had been resident there.
I have never met the new Deputy Police Chief Mr Warcup, but did meet Lenny Harper on many occasions and had confidence in him and still have.
I believe that the evidence that was discovered points to the strong possibility that deaths did occur.
The assertion that there were no murders and that the evidence is flawed, is merely an attempt by the government of Jersey to cover up all investigations into care homes and sweep the issue under the carpet.
Former resident at the Jersey Home for Boys (later Haut de la Garenne) (1942-1951)
JERSEY HOME DOSSIER REVEALS CHILDREN MURDERED THEN BURNT
A SHOCK secret police report into the Jersey House of Hell children's home reveals youngsters there WERE murdered then BURNED in a furnace to COVER UP the atrocities.
It's feared island authorities may try to hush up the dossier on Haut de la Garenne orphanage but a source told us: "Officers on this case are in NO DOUBT what went on."
Innocent children WERE raped, murdered and their bodies then BURNT in a FURNACE at the Jersey House of Horrors, says a top-secret police report into the scandal.
TOUGH GUY: Lenny Harper - Jersey's Deputy Chief of Police - is the 'old school copper' heading the probe .
Our chilling revelations come as officers prepare to hand over their damning dossier from Britain's biggest ever child abuse probe to the island's States of Jersey authorities.
A total of 65 teeth and around 100 charred fragments of bones are all that remain of victims detectives believe were abused and killed before their tortured corpses were thrown into a fiery grave inside the house of hell.
But records of children who stayed at the home over past decades have been destroyed so police have an impossible task of putting names to their grim finds.
A source close to the four-month investigation told us: "There's NO doubt in the minds of the detectives on this case that children WERE murdered in the home.
"Officers believe they have compelling evidence that youngsters' bodies were burnt in the home's furnace then the remains swept into the soil floor in the cellars—the area that became dubbed ‘the torture rooms'.
"The problem has been identifying the children that went missing over the years. No records were kept of who came and left that place.
"Kids were shipped to the home from all over the UK and were never heard of again.
"All the inquiry team have to go on is this grim collection of teeth and bone fragments and no names to match up to the remains.
"Because this investigation has seen so many twists and turns people seem to find it hard to accept that children WERE slaughtered and their deaths WERE covered up."
Most of the dental remains discovered have been identified as children's milk teeth. And we can reveal that among more than 100 bone fragments is a TIBIA from a child's leg and what police believe is an "intact" ADENOID bone from the ear of an infant.
These were all retrieved from a fingertip search of the four cellars in the Home's EAST WING.
Forensic teams also found STRANDS OF NYLON which they have concluded came from the head of a broom.
And, because those type of nylon brooms were only used in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the discovery helped officers to put a date on when the bones were swept into the soil floor.
Cops are now convinced that those charred bones and teeth were emptied from the bottom of the home's industrial furnace—located away in the West Wing—when it was ripped out around that time to insall oil-fired central heating.
Officers have spoken to builders who worked on renovations at the home but have been unable to discover what happened to the furnace after that. But they have taken samples from the chimney breast which was left behind.
Around that same time wooden floorboards were laid OVER the old soil floor in the east wing.
And it is there, within the hidden torture chambers just inches below, that the bones, a pair of shackles and children's clothing were found.
Also in the underground rooms police discovered a large concrete bath with traces of blood. A builder has also given evidence that he was asked to dig two lime pits in the ground nearby around that period. Lime pits have often been used to destroy corpses.
So far 97 people have come forward to complain they were abused as children at Haut de la Garenne. Many have described being drugged, shackled, raped, flogged and held in a dark cellar for long periods.
Much of the clothing found at the scene is thought to date back to the 1960s and 1970s when youngsters had to make their own clothes and shoes in the care home work shop.
Cops now believe that whoever was responsible for removing the furnace KNEW that there were children's remains inside. And they think it was moved while disgraced headmaster Colin Tilbrook was in charge of the place.
Tilbrook, now dead, has been described by former charges as being behind "some of the most horrific abuse" at the home.
We can reveal that cops now plan to quiz one of his closest aides who is still alive and living in the UK.
Tilbrook, who ran the home in the 1960s, died aged 62 in 1988 after suffering a heart attack in a public swimming pool. His foster daughter Tina Blee, 38, recently made an emotional visit to Haut de la Garenne to meet abuse victims and bravely told how SHE was raped by the monster every week as a child, after he took her in following his departure from Jersey.
She said: "I needed to come here to say sorry for what he's done. If children were killed here I'm convinced he played a big part in it.
"He was more than capable of murder."
This week police began a forensic examination inside a nearby World War II German bunker which victims say was used as a base for abusing children.
Six witnesses say they were sexually assaulted by staff at the squat brick building which houses a network of underground rooms and passages.
As that work starts, police have closed the doors on their detailed forensic hunt inside the hell home.
Lack of records still hampers police. But we can reveal that one mainland authority, Birmingham City Council, has presented the Jersey force with a list of children who were sent to the home but went missing.
Although four have now been tracked down, after a mammoth search one still remains unaccounted for.
Earlier this year we also uncovered allegations that pictures of BABIES being raped were taken in the care home and circulated by an international child porn ring.
Experts suspect the home was responsible for many of the seedy network's 9,000 sick pictures, discovered in an infamous haul in Holland in the Nineties.
It was dubbed the Zandvoort stash, after the town where it was found—but the source studio was never uncovered.
Police said their latest intensive probe at Haut de la Garenne has produced more than 40 suspects.
Three men have already been charged with sex abuse offences as part of the inquiry. But now, despite the wealth of shocking detail uncovered by officers, there are fears the full truth about the House of Hell could be covered up yet again after the investigation boss, Jersey's tough No2 top cop Lenny Harper, retires next month.
Haut de la Garenne's abused former residents have repeatedly claimed that what happened was deliberately hushed up to avoid tarnishing Jersey's reputation as a family-friendly tourist haven and to give politicians in London no excuse to try to exercise more control over the island.
Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen's rule, it has a separate government system and makes its own laws.
Jersey's 53-member parliament has no political parties and its politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders come from a small elite—often linked by friendship or family.
In a separate case recently investigators were frustrated by the island's legal authorities who refused to charge a couple accused of beating their foster children with cricket bats. Despite being told by lawyers and an honorary police officer who reviewed the case that there was sufficient evidence to go ahead, the charges were blocked at the 11th hour.
A police source said: "The argument for not charging this couple was that their natural children have said they're of good character.
"The detailed statements of all the people who claim they were physically assaulted seem to count for nothing."
The Haut de la Garenne file, along with several others, is now complete but is "being held up" by lawyers.
Our inside source added: "There's a strong suspicion that the files are being held on to until Lenny Harper goes and a new team is in place.
"No one will be surprised if the truth about what happened in the care home never surfaces and once more the evidence gets swept under the carpet."
It took the BBC long enough to investigate these long running abuses in Jersey.
BBC Radio Jersey would have received plenty of police press releases throughout the long series of investigations that
Panorama has finally got round to exposing what they had been aware of for a very long time.
New allegations of child abuse in Jersey are being made as police continue their investigations at Haute de la Garenne.
Special video report on the major establishment abuse in Jersey.Britain's mass media,police,judiciary,
MP's and Jersey government have all played their part in the horror's they helped COVER UP.
Only now over 30 years later is this wicked bunch of establishment perverts being exposed.
The satanic secret society's set up for them to hide behind slowly being exposed.Expect more
EXPOSURES from the complicit media who had this information for more than 30 years yet did
nothing to stop the horrific abuses.
PERV YACHTSMEN GIVEN JERSEY CHILDREN TO ABUSE AT SEA
Kids loaned out for rape cruises
CHILDREN from the Jersey House of Horrors were loaned to rich perverted yachtsmen as galley SEX SLAVES.
The youngsters were told by care staff the boat rides were treats—only to be assaulted and RAPED at sea by pervert toffs.
Details of the sick attacks emerged as we discovered even more blood has been found in a bath in the dungeon underneath the Haut de la Garenne home—and in the drains.
We can reveal worried cops feel under so much pressure over the abuse allegations they are preparing to BYPASS Jersey's own legal system and hand their evidence to our government.
This could include files on up to seven social workers and carers who worked at the sinister home—including one nicknamed the ‘pinball wizard' who HURLED kids against the walls to see how far they would BOUNCE.
At least two previous senior employees of children's services on the island are also under investigation despite the attempts of corrupt former policemen, politicians and businessmen to scupper the inquiry.
We understand that two weeks ago Jersey ministers SECRETLY VOTED to have senior police investigator Lenny Harper removed from the case because they believed he was too open with the media. But the Chief of Police Graham Power refused.
A source told us: "Such important figures have been implicated in the cover-up of abuse on the island that the cops feel the evidence should now be passed to the British government
"The latest revelations are explosive. It is going to cause massive waves within the political and legal world and could bring the whole of Jersey's infrastructure crashing down."
One of the most serious lines of inquiry in the investigation is that children were regularly loaned to wealthy yachtsmen to "do with them what they chose for the day," according to our source close to the investigation.
Haut de la Garenne staff described the trips as a treat for children who spent long hours cooped up at the home. But in reality the kids were subjected to the vilest sexual abuse on board the luxury boats.
Our source said: "The allegations about the yachting community have come in from a number of different people. It is a very strong line of inquiry and when the evidence is made public people will be horrified."
Meanwhile about a dozen bones found at the home have been sent to a DNA lab to find out how old they are -yet some bone fragments were too burnt to be tested.
Police have taken statements from local builders who were told: "If you find bones, get rid of them or burn them." New blood spots have been discovered in cracks in a concrete bath in the underground chamber and have also been sent for tests and sniffer dogs trained to find blood have found scents in the drains underneath.
Forensic officers are now focusing on the wooden trapdoor leading to a second torture cellar in a bid to extract DNA or fingerprints.
Our source said: "Detectives are doing everything they can to ensure every scrap of evidence is properly investigated. They are very aware that the home dates back to 1856 and some of these bones could be very old.
"This is going to be a long process but the officers have been presented with so many accounts of abuse and cover-ups it is crucial we get answers. People disclosing the abuse have been easy to ignore but finally they are getting a chance to be taken seriously."
The horrors being uncovered at Haut de la Garenne have revealed a Jersey tourists have never seen.
Former abused care home residents claim what happened to them has been covered up by those in high office, desperate not to tarnish Jersey's good name or risk politicians in London reducing their power over the tiny, but extremely wealthy, island.
Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen's rule, it has a separate government system dating back to King John's reign, and makes its own rules and laws.
Jersey's 53-member parliament has no political parties. Its politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders come from a small elite-often linked by friendship or family.
The island's equivalent of our Commons Speaker is also its top judge-so the system of checks and balances between politics and the law we have in the UK is almost non-existent.
This is a place where the authorities allowed 43-year-old convicted paedophile Roger Holland to stand for election as an honorary constable officer- similar to a special cop in the UK, but with more powers. They knew that six years earlier he had indecently assaulted a mentally impaired 14-year-old girl and admitted molesting another girl. But he got the job and in 1997 rose to become vingtenier-the second most senior cop on the island's volunteer force.
In 2001 he was jailed for indecently assaulting a young girl in the back of a police van.
"Jersey has for too long been a law unto itself-it is time the truth came out," says our source.
Among those fighting for that is ex-health minister Senator Stuart Syvret, who resigned over the cover-up and has given statements to police claiming two senior legal figures were involved in the abuse.
Mr Syvret said: "I have given formal statements to the police concerning a number of establishment individuals. Officers I have spoken to are from a force external to Jersey police at the request of Jersey police." Solicitor Nick le Cornu is also demanding change. "Jersey's political class have for 60 years been ignoring and covering up poverty and injustice," he claimed.
Police investigator Lenny Harper, an outsider from Northern Ireland, was the target of a hate campaign- including threats to torch his house -after a string of cops were sacked for corruption. Colleagues say Harper, 56, laughed it off, saying: "I had the IRA on my tail for years-so a few disgruntled people are not going to deter me from doing my job."
Now he's facing the biggest test of his career-on the island of fear.
RALLY AGAINST JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT ABUSE COVER UPVIDEO
This video taken at the rally gives you some idea how many people were there although
the audio is unfortunately poor quality.
BBC WALKER TV – SPOTLIGHT CHANNEL ISLANDS – RALLY REPORTING COMPLAINT
by Niccolo M
On Monday 10th March 2008, BBC SPOTLIGHT carried an outrageously partisan report on the events and Rally at the Royal Square on Saturday, 8th March 2008. So partisan was the reporting, that it is quite transparent that BBC SPOTLIGHT is under the complete control of the Chief Minister’s political faction. We now have hard proof, if proof were needed, that this is nothing short of State Television; a simple government mouthpiece. The BBC’s much vaunted independence and objectivity has been brought into question.
We also believe it was Spotlight that made announcements on 8th March 2008 that the Rally was to be held at 2.30 pm and not twelve noon. Read in conjunction with the abovementioned report, we are concerned that this was more than a simple administrative error. Several supports of the Rally, were as a consequence, unable to attend on time and only arrived at 2pm, right at the end of the event.
The organisers of the rally are considering a complaint to the BBC in London and broadcasting standards, regarding such partisan and biased reporting. The reporting was political and biased. The issue is now political.
Details of the complaint will be made available later today in a full press release to the media.
[As a note for national and international media currently in the Channel Islands and monitoring events, a little background to this allegation is required. Certain sections of the media in Jersey are part of a “cosy club”, and have for long, shown their complete inability to undertake investigative journalism, in dereliction of journalistic standards of impartiality and objectivity.
The current reporting, complained of above, is symptomatic of that culture of conformity to the prevailing government opinion. Why for example have journalists not reported allegations of abuse occurring at Haut de la Garenne over a period of sixty years, when survivors have been trying to have their voice heard? How can such open allegations by survivors not have been investigated, let alone reported.
The role of the local Jersey media should form part of any independent judicial enquiry into the events.]
60 YEARS OF COVER UP:THE JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT IN THE DOCKS VIDEO
The first thing to say is how harrowing and traumatic the unfolding child abuse scandal is. I have seen many of the victims bravely talking about these horrible experiences and they are very moving. I know some of the people who were at the care homes personally and also suffered child abuse myself so I not only sympathise but empathise.
The findings and the consequences of these findings will be an issue locally, nationally and internationally for months ahead and there is indeed a dark cloud over the Island. It is imperative that the abusers are brought to justice and that lessons are learnt. It is equally imperative that the cover-ups, whether by States Departments, politicians of the Establishment or previous Police personnel, are properly dealt with.
The question of compensation for the victims of Jersey's disgraced care homes should also be considered, although we all know that financial compensation is never enough. A public apology by the Chief Minister on behalf of the Government of Jersey is a must and this is something that should be wide-ranging and genuine, done with remorse and sensitivity and with a high degree of humility. Humility. Not something one tends to associate with Mr Frank Walker.
Points for action
There has never been a time like this when the eyes of the world are centred on Jersey, never such UK political interest or media attention. This raises all sorts of questions that I will come to later. Also, the political debate surrounding these traumatic issues will not go away. Everything is political. The personal is political. Cover-up and complicity is political. How some of the issues have surfaced, via the actions of whistle-blowers, that too is political. And the culture of cover up, concealment, collaboration and secrecy that the Island's body politic is based on, that too is political. That issues cuts across secrecy and cover up over child abuse, murder and rape, how these so-called care institutions were and are run, how poverty and homelessness have been swept under the carpet for decades, how States Members have failed the people of the Island, lined their own pockets, refused to initiate democratic reform and an independent judiciary, and the secrecy that the local banking and tax haven industries are founded upon, since the 1960s, and the refusal of Island authorities post-war to admit to collaboration with the Nazis. The culture of secrecy is dominant and prevalent. It is a first political principle in Jersey. It should stop.
JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT BEHIND CHILD TORTURE AND ABUSE
While the mass media report on the operations of police at Haut de la Garenne Jersey.
They dont mention the fact the Jersey police are part of the cover up of Jersey's establishment
using the home for their own sexual perversions.Also that the Governor of the Jersey Home
for Boys during the 1970s and 1980s was the island's current Bailiff, Sir Philip Martin