Sunday, 30 August 2009

SMOKE SCREENS!

I have waited a while since the Wateridge trial ended before making a post, I wanted to see what the 'fallout', if any, there would be and what reaction there would be from The Jersey oligarchy and their propaganda machine that is 'The Rag' (JEP).
I guess I shouldn't be surprised at what has ensued, rubbishing of the investigation, attacks on Lenny Harper, sniping about costs and of course Det Supt Mick Gradwell's parting shot as he leaves his post 'THE excavation of Haut de la Garenne was a complete waste of public money' and that 'there was no justification for the police excavating at Haut de la Garenne as part of the abuse inquiry'.
Now, if your going to make such statements at least back it up with some kind of explanation or evidence, here I'll help you a little, just complete the following Mr Gradwell...

1.) The lime pits were dug for ....................................................................................................

2.) We wont carbon date the teeth because ............................................................................. even though it would only cost a couple of thousand pounds (a small amount in context of the overall cost of the enquiry).

3.) We have only prosecuted two people connected with HDLG even though we have hundreds of pages of statements etc because ................................................................................................

Please dear reader, don't hold your breath for any answer, it wont come.

So, in conclusion, you carry on with your attempts to cloud (or should that be cover up) the real issues and protect the ones who should really be in the dock but remember this, 'the truth will always out' and when it does your whole sorry house of cards will come tumbling down.



Thursday, 20 August 2009

Jersey carer convicted of abuse

Gordon Wateridge arriving at a previous hearing
Gordon Wateridge worked at the Haut de la Garenne home in Jersey

A former worker at a Jersey children's home has been found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault against three teenage girls in his care.

Gordon Wateridge who worked at the Haut de la Garenne home, was cleared of a further 12 charges of indecent assault.

The 78-year-old, who lives in the parish of St Clement, was described as "a persistent sexual bully" during his trial at Jersey Royal Court.

The convictions relate to his time as a house parent at the home in the 1970s.

Wateridge was also found guilty of assaulting a teenage boy.

He had denied all the charges against him and told the court that staff at Haut de la Garenne were advised not to have any physical contact with the children in their care.

He was released on bail pending sentencing in September, but Judge Christopher Pitchers warned him he had betrayed a position of trust and there was an overwhelming possibility that he would be given a custodial sentence.

'Some comfort'

Wateridge, who was born in Croydon, south London, was the first person charged in connection with an inquiry into historical abuse at the home.

Speaking after the verdict, Det Supt Mick Gradwell said in a statement: "Gordon Wateridge, a house parent at Haut de la Garenne, was a sexual bully towards vulnerable young girls in his care.

"We hope the complainants involved in this trial have received some comfort from the decision reached by the court.

The former Haut de la Garenne care home in Jersey
Haut de la Garenne l

"The historical abuse inquiry is continuing and there is another case in the court process.

"We would like to emphasise that the States of Jersey Police take reports of historical abuse seriously, and are committed to investigating them."

The historic abuse team has submitted further evidence to the island's Attorney General, and he and the police are expected to make a detailed statement within the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Jersey abuse trial jury retires

Gordon Wateridge arriving at a previous hearing
Gordon Wateridge denies all the charges against him

The jury in the trial of a carer accused of abusing teenagers at a former children's home in Jersey has retired to consider its verdicts.

Gordon Wateridge, who worked at the Haut de la Garenne home, denies 19 counts of indecent assault relating to five victims between 1970 and 1974.

The 78-year-old is also charged with assaulting a teenage boy and incitement to indecent assault.

Jersey Royal Court has heard he was a "persistent sexual bully".

Prosecutors said he would grope girls' breasts, kiss them on the neck and, in one instance, forced his hand inside an alleged victim's underwear.

Mr Wateridge worked as a house-parent at the home and lived in a flat there with his wife and two children at the time of the alleged offences.

He has pleaded not guilty to all 21 charges and claimed the allegations have ruined his life.

Giving evidence at the court in St Helier, he said: "I did my best in the care of the children. I looked upon the children the same as I would my own.

"I've never struck a child, I've never even struck my own."

Mr Wateridge was born in Croydon, south London, but now lives in the Jersey parish of St Clement.

Friday, 14 August 2009

DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!

Reading back my previous post the following quote from Lord William Wallace caught my eye......
"They benefit a great deal by being seen to be within the British system of law".
I just had to laugh, this man needs to take a look at what has been going on lately in Jersey.
The Jersey oligarchy aren't interested in "being seen to be within the British system of law", in fact, one could argue that they are not interested in any system of law at all. OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, they are interested, as long as its in their interests, or the interests of high ranked overpaid civil servants who are obviously the puppet masters.

You only have to look at the current state of play in the historical abuse enquiry, only 3 people charged, 11 cases dropped without any explanation and those who conspired to keep it quiet for so long seemingly untouchable.

And what have the UK government said or done? Nothing!!
Despite pleas to Jack Straw to intervene and use his constitutional powers to ensure the good administration of justice in Jersey.

I have seen a lot of people saying "justice has to be seen to be done"
Not me, I want justice to be done, all those responsible held to account no matter who they are or what their position, not just a few 'token' prosecutions to keep the citizens happy.

Will justice happen?

DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

UK review of crown dependencies

UK review of crown dependencies

Union flag
Crown dependencies still need royal assent for new legislation

Questions have been raised in the UK whether crown dependencies, such as Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, should retain their independence.

Lord William Wallace, a House of Lords peer, has said autonomy is no longer appropriate and the constitutional relationship needs to be reviewed.

As dependencies, the islands are not part of the UK or the European Union.

Although governed independently, they remain a "possession" of the British Crown and are not sovereign nations.

Crown dependencies need royal assent for new legislation.

They benefit a great deal by being seen to be within the British system
Lord William Wallace

Lord Wallace said the House of Commons Justice Committee would be looking at how the relationship between the UK and crown dependencies is managed in the autumn.

"I think there are problems with all of them," he told BBC News.

"They benefit a great deal by being seen to be within the British system of law.

"But in terms of the revenue flows, tax exemptions and the contributions they make to the United Kingdom, I think we definitely have to look at that again."

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

New evidence in historic abuse inquiry

New evidence has temporarily put Jersey's historic abuse trial on hold.

The trial of Gordon Claude Wateridge was due to restart this morning with the questioning of the third victim who he is accused of assaulting. But new evidence has been introduced which needs to reviewed.

Yesterday the court heard the alleged victim was trying to stop his sister being indecently assaulted and was physically assaulted himself.

The defence counsel Advocate Mike Preston was due to start cross-examining the alleged victim today.

The case has been adjourned until tomorrow morning. Mr Wateridge denies the charges.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Jersey carer 'was sexual bully'

Jersey carer 'was sexual bully'

Gordon Wateridge arriving at a previous hearing
Gordon Wateridge denies the charges

A carer at a former children's home in Jersey was a "persistent sexual bully" who repeatedly abused children in his care, a court has heard.

Gordon Wateridge, 78, used his job at the Haut de la Garenne home to touch teenage girls in a sexual manner, Jersey's Royal Court was told.

He is charged with 19 counts of indecent assault relating to five victims between 1970 and 1974.

Mr Wateridge, who lives in the parish of St Clement, denies the charges.

He is also charged with one count of assault against a 12 or 13-year-old boy and one count of incitement to indecent assault against a 12 or 13-year-old girl.

The court was told he would grope girls' breasts, kiss them on the neck and, in one instance, forced his hand inside an alleged victim's underwear.

The alleged attacks led to children at the home nicknaming Mr Wateridge "The Perv", the jury was told.

'Bear hugs'

Opening the case for the prosecution, Stephen Baker said Mr Wateridge had worked as a house parent at the children's home from 1970 to 1974.

He said: "It is the prosecution case that Mr Wateridge abused that position of responsibility in respect of the children in his care named in the indictment. He was a bully and he used his position of authority to touch girls in his care in a sexual fashion.

"As you hear the evidence, you may conclude that he was a persistent sexual bully, frequently touching young teenage girls in a sexual manner."

As he opened the case, Mr Baker advised the jury to ignore "lurid" reporting in the press about Haut de la Garenne.

He made out that everything was a joke but he really was not very nice to anyone
Alleged victim

Mr Baker said Mr Wateridge would use his strength to overpower the girls by giving them inappropriate "bear hugs".

On other occasions he would sit on a snooker table at the home, grab girls walking past and pull them towards him.

The court heard he would place his mouth on the girl's neck and then allegedly grope the victim.

One of the alleged victims told the court that she had been left feeling "dirty" after being groped by him.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is now 53 and revealed girls at the home referred to Wateridge as "Perv".

She said: "He made out that everything was a joke but he really was not very nice to anyone."

"He would do things like smacking your bottom, grabbing you and giving you bear-hugs. It was all very impersonal."

She added: "When he grabbed you from behind, he would more often than not touch your breasts in some way."

When asked how she felt at the time about it, she replied: "It made me feel dirty, to be honest."

The trial continues.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Questions for my readers

OK I have a couple of questions that I need answers to, I'm hoping someone will have the answers.

Q1.) Having given two lengthy interviews to the abuse enquiry team am I entitled to ask for a copy of the tapes or paper statements from them? If so, how would I do this or would I need a solicitor to act on my behalf.

Q2.) Am I entitled (as is the case in UK) to have access to files kept on me whilst in care/HDLG (if they exist) and how would I go about this?

If anyone can help i will appreciate it greatly
Thanks
Allan

Saturday, 1 August 2009

ARRIVAL

Alone bewildered scared
A little boy lost
That’s how I arrived
Taken from school
‘For my own good’

Driven by car
By a faceless social worker
Whose name I long forget
Through unknown lanes
Enveloped in loneliness

All too soon
There you stood
In your granite majesty
Your imposing stature
Too much for my young mind
To take in

Your cold exterior
Matched only by your sterile insides
You should have been my haven
But all that you did
Was extinguish my spirit
And stifle my cries


© Allan Shepherd 2009-08-01



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