Sunday, August 5, 2012

#HDLG #McCann :Ex-Jersey children's home worker 'tried to intimidate victim into keeping quiet'

Police are today investigating allegations that a former worker at the Jersey care home where a child's skull was found approached a victim and told them to keep quiet.
A child's remains were discovered last Saturday at Haut de la Garenne and more than 160 people claim they were abused.
Deputy police chief Lenny Harper told reporters police had been able to substantiate "to some degree" reports that someone had been approached by a former care worker.
He warned anyone considering approaching witnesses or victims that police would deal with it as a "serious criminal offence".
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jersey Police search the interior of the the Haut de la Garenne children's home today
He would not confirm or deny reports that the person said to have been approached was a resident in the home in the 1960s and living in Telford.
Yesterday, the world was offered the first glimpse of the horror buried inside the "Colditz" children's home, and police allowed the first glimpses of the results of the massive forensic operation taking place inside,
Underneath the concrete floor of this corridor, a child's skull remained undiscovered for a quarter of a century until an abuse inquiry finally unearthed the gruesome secrets of Haut de la Garenne on Jersey.
Dressed in white protective clothing, forensic experts were continuing the job of searching the grave for clues.
Inside a large white tent, attached to the courtyard of the Victorian building, two specialists painstakingly sifted through tonnes of debris being removed from the hidden spaces inside.
Forensic anthropologist and archaeologist Julie Roberts and Karl Harrison, a forensic archaeologist, take small handfuls of rock and masonry one at a time.
The pair then place them into sieves before sifting through the results with their fingers.
Any items of interest are then removed and placed in a clear cylinder, which is in turn put inside an evidence bag and labelled with a code.
Around 50 plastic bags of processed debris lie to the side of the tent with 10 black dustbins containing more rocks, all labelled by number.
The L-shaped tent has a sterile atmosphere and the team work almost in silence as they studiously comb for evidence.
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The door in background with the inspection light is the entrance to the cellar
Beyond the burial site lies the entrance to a dungeon lit by a spotlight.
As journalists were yesterday allowed into home for the first time, police discovered the remains of a "home-made" trapdoor above the cellar in the former children's home.
It leads to a dungeon where a bolted-down bath and shackles have already been found.
Deputy chief police officer Lenny Harper, who is leading the investigation, said the latest find matched the descriptions of a trap-door given to him by several of the 160 allegedly abused at the home over a 30-year period.
Yesterday, it was also claimed that a former child-care officer at the care home tried to silence an alleged victim to prevent him revealing the full horror of what took place.
The alleged victim, known only as Steve, told the police about the horrific sexual attacks he suffered after hearing police had launched an inquiry.
After the 38-year-old came forward, however, one of his former child-care officers tried to get him to keep quiet.
"This person suggested I have a good life, a very good job, a family, I've left the island, it's all in the past and that dredging it up won't help matters - it will cause more problems," he said.
"I said I'd already spoken to the police about it and she said if they speak to you again, certainly about the remains, it would be in my best interests to say, 'I've told you all I know' and keep a low profile."
Steve is one of only a handful of youngsters who spent their whole childhood at the home.
He claims the abuse wasn't just administered by staff but also by other children.
He told Sky News: "We knew there were canes down in the cellar, I don't know about shackles but we knew about pillory stock things."
Police last night said they were keen to investigate the claims.
Mr Harper said: "We are in the realms of the possibility of very serious criminal offences, and if true verging on perverting the course of criminal justice."
The claims and discovery of the torture chamber seem to corroborate evidence provided by witnesses.
Mr Harper revealed that he has asked for another 12 investigators to boost his team because of the volume of work.
Yesterday police made a gruesome discovery of a pair of shackles at the "Colditz" home and located two suspicious "pits" in the home's grounds.
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State of Jersey police forensic officers work in the area were the skull was found
The scale of the horror has shocked detectives. They fear the secrets of the Victorian building, known locally as Colditz, could lead to one of the worst child abuse scandals on British soil.
Yesterday police described the shackles and a bath found secured to the floor of a dungeon as a "significant find" which supports victims' torture claims.
In 2003, builders working at the home as it was being redeveloped into a youth hostel found ankle shackles, wooden stocks and a heap of canes lying around the grounds.
They also described a secret trapdoor leading down to a pitch-black pit where it is believed terrified youngsters were kept prisoner.
Two of six sites identified by sniffer dogs looking for human remains are 10ft pits in the garden which were originally intended to store rainwater.
But police, overwhelmed by the number of sites, are yet to start digging there.
The focus of their inquiry remains the cellars below the 60-bed home, where more than 1,000 children are thought to have lived from the early 1950s until its closure in 1986.
A skull and the remains of a child were found at the weekend buried beneath concrete in a ground floor corridor above the cellars.
Police are investigating 40 suspects over the alleged abuse. More than 160 victims have told police of appalling sexual and physical attacks.
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Haut de le Garenne childrens home where police are investigating and searching for human remains
Many said they were taken to a "deep, dark place" underground where they were locked up, drugged, raped and beaten.
Officers have excavated one bricked-up underground room and are working to get access to a second. They said former workers at the home have contacted them to say they remember a third chamber.
Two former housemaids from the 1960s yesterday said they remembered children referring to a "punishment room".
Jackie Penfold, 63, from Chichester, West Sussex, said: "I have the feeling that the cellar was under a room at the back of the property.
"It wasn't a full-size door - it was a half-size door almost like a cupboard. You had to go down a few steps to go into it. It was almost like a big dark storeroom."
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Colditz Names of those running the home include: John le Marquand, education president in 1960 (right); Reg Jeune, education president from 1971-1984; John Rodhouse, director of education in 1974 (left)
Her colleague Sandra O'Riordan said: "I definitely heard girls talk about the punishment room, but I didn't take too much notice back then as I was only a teenager. Now I wish I had."
Yesterday deputy chief police officer Lenny Harper vowed to "hunt down" the abusers and warned: "You will be made to answer for your crimes".
Mr Harper said his inquiry had been being hampered by poor records. He added: "We don't have a definite list of missing children.
"We have anecdotal details such as hearing screams in the night and then they did not appear the next day."
Yesterday the names of those running the home were revealed. Police refused to say if any of them are being treated as suspects, or have been interviewed as witnesses.
Among them was Mario Lundy, current director of education in Jersey, who worked at Haut de la Garenne for two years. He refused to comment yesterday. Another was John Rodhouse, who was director of education in 1974.
John le Marquand was president of the island's education committee from 1960. He now suffers from dementia and lives in a care home in St Helier.
Reg Jeune was an education president from 1971 to 1984. He now lives in a £4million mansion near St Xavier. He refused to discuss the issue yesterday, but his wife confirmed he did work at the home.
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From 1962 Herbert Wimberley was director of education. His whereabouts today are unknown.
Patricia Thornton was the island's children's officer at this time, but there are no records of her current whereabouts.
Colin Tilbrook was headmaster of the school. He is now dead. During the 1960s Charles Smith became a children's officer on Jersey. He retire
d in 1984. His whereabouts are unknown.
In the 1970s, a Mr H King took over as superintendent at the home and his wife worked as a matron.
Mr King was replaced by John Thomson, who became superintendent in 1979.
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Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey Haut de la Garenne children's home, pictured in 1905, in Jersey was formerly a centre for children in care or with behaviour problems
Tony Jordan and his wife Morag took over as superintendent and matron in 1981. They live in a cottage in Kirriemuir, 25 miles from Dundee.
Mr Jordan, a youth worker, described himself as a witness rather than a suspect.
Terry Streetle was a children's officer in 1986. He now lives in West London. He has refused to comment until after the investigation is over.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Portugal Elite Paedophile Ring.

A scandal over a paedophile ring run from a state orphanage gripped Portugal yesterday as it threatened to engulf diplomats, media personalities and senior politicians.
Photographs of unnamed senior government officials with young boys from Lisbon's Casa Pia orphanage were among the evidence reportedly available to police after they arrested a former orphanage employee called Carlos Silvino.
A number of former residents, and the mother of one boy who is still there, have denounced sexual attacks on children at what is known as Lisbon's most famous orphanage.
Mr Silvino, it was claimed, abused children himself and procured boys for a powerful group of clients.
He has publicly denied the allegations and was expected to repeat that denial at a closed-door bail hearing in Lisbon yesterday.
What has most shocked the Portuguese have been the revelations that systematic sexual abuse of children at the home had allegedly been going on for more than 20 years and had been known to police and other authorities for most of that time.
A former president, General Ramalho Eanes, was allegedly among those who knew about abuse at the home but failed to stop it.
The identity of the mysterious group of powerful paedophiles remained a secret yesterday, with only one person prepared to admit she knew at least some of the names.
Former secretary of state for families, Teresa Costa Macedo, said she had sent a dossier containing photographs and testimonies from children to the police 20 years ago but they had done nothing about it, while she was subjected to a campaign of threats.
"He [Silvino] was just one element in a huge paedophile network that involved important people in our country," Mrs Costa Macedo explained in a newspaper interview. "It wasn't just him. He was a procurer of children for well-known people who range from diplomats and politicians to people linked to the media."
The material sent to the police, which yesterday appeared to have been lost, was damning proof of the activities of the paedophile ring, Mrs Costa Macedo said.
"There are photographs, an account of the methods used to spirit children out of the orphanage and testimonies of a number of children," she explained.
Mrs Costa Macedo said that many of the photographs were found at the house of a Portuguese diplomat in the town of Estoril, 20 miles from Lisbon. Four children who had gone missing from the orphanage were discovered at the house, where they had spent several days allegedly under lock and key.
President Eanes was introduced to five boys who told him of the abuse occurring at the orphanage in 1980 but failed to act on it, according to Mrs Costa Macedo.
There was no suggestion that General Eanes, a popular and respected figure who did not comment on the allegations yesterday, was involved in the paedophile ring.
Portuguese police insisted yesterday they had no record of the documents sent to them by Mrs Costa Macedo.
She said she had been the target of a campaign of intimidation to make her stop investigating the case.
"I received anonymous threats, by phone and post. They said they would kill me, flay me and a lot of other things," she said.
That campaign had started again yesterday, she said, with threatening phone calls made to her home.
Portugal has increasingly been under the scrutiny of anti-paedophile groups who have denounced its lax laws and uninterested courts for creating a paedophiles' paradise in Europe.
Belgian and Dutch paedophile groups are reported to have operated in Portugal, with foreigners travelling to the island of Madeira to seek out young children.
Investigators from the Swiss-based Innocence in Danger group, which claims children regularly disappear from the poorer streets of Portuguese towns and cities, say they too have been harassed and threatened.
Mr Silvino claimed his accusers were making up their allegations. "It is all lies," he said.
The orphanage's director and deputy director were sacked on Monday as the government pledged to clear up the case as soon as possible.

Monday, July 2, 2012

#Jersey:Award Winning Journalist Eileen Fairweath Has Known About Jersey Paedophilia For 15 Years.

    The award-winning journalist who exposed terrible abuse in Islington children's homes now reveals horrifying links to sinister discoveries at Jersey's Haut de la Garenne.
    I met the frightened policeman at an isolated country restaurant, many miles from his home and station. Detective Constable Peter Cook had finally despaired, and decided to blow the whistle to a reporter.

    He was risking his career, so made me scribble my notes into a tiny pad beneath the tablecloth.

    He had uncovered a vicious child sex ring, with victims in both Britain and the Channel Islands, and he wanted me to get his information to police abuse specialists in London.

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    Eileen Fairweather Tragic truth: Eileen Fairweather's tenacious investigations of abuse revealed links to Jersey
    Incredibly, he claimed that his superiors had barred him from alerting them.
    He feared a cover-up: many ring members were powerful and wealthy. But I did not think him paranoid: I specialised in exposing child abuse scandals and knew, from separate sources, of men apparently linked to this ring.

    They included an aristocrat, clerics and a social services chief. Their friends included senior police officers.

    Repeatedly, inquiries by junior detectives were closed down, so I, a journalist, was asked to convey confidential information from one police officer to others. It seemed surreal.

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    House of Horror: Forensic experts search the area of the Haut de la Garenne home, where a child's remains were found
    I duly met trusted contacts at the National Criminal-Intelligence Squad. That was more than 12 years ago, and little happened - until now.

    Last weekend, a child's remains were found at a former children's home on Jersey amid claims of a paedophile ring.

    More than 200 children who lived at Haut de la Garenne have described horrific sexual and physical torture dating back to the Sixties.

    When I heard the news, my eyes filled with tears. I felt heartbroken, not least at my own powerlessness. I have known for more than 15 years about Channel Islands paedophiles victimising children in the British care system.

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    I was relieved that the truth was finally emerging. But I felt devastated. Children had probably been murdered. I had so not wanted to be right.

    I stood outside the forbidding Victorian building of Haut de la Garenne this week and watched grim-faced police in blue plastic forensic suits hunt its bricked-up secret basements for children's bones.

    Outside, a large cross commemorates the 35 former residents who died fighting for their country: "Their names liveth forever." Oh yes?

    What are the names of the children whose bodies may now be dug up - and why did no one miss and search for them earlier? Jersey's residents and political class must ask these questions.

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    Disturbing allegations about the murder of children in care have characterised other scandals I investigated in Britain, but today I can reveal for the first time the links between the abuse I uncovered at care homes in Islington, North London, and the horrifying discoveries on Jersey.
    I have never before written that 14-year-old Jason Swift, killed in 1985 by a paedophile gang, is believed to have lived in Islington council's Conewood Street home.

    Two sources claimed this when I investigated Islington's 12 care homes for The Mail on Sunday's sister paper, the London Evening Standard, in the early Nineties.

    But hundreds of children's files mysteriously disappeared in Islington and, without documentation, this was not evidence enough.

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    Haut de la Garenne children's home, pictured in 1905, in Jersey was formerly a centre for children in care or with behaviour problems
    We did, however, prove that every home included staff who were paedophiles, child pornographers or pimps. Concerned police secretly confirmed that several Islington workers were believed "networkers", major operators in the supply of children for abuse and pornography.

    Some of these were from the Channel Islands or regularly took Islington children there on unofficial visits. In light of the grisly discoveries at Haut de la Garenne, the link now seems significant, but at the time we were so overwhelmed by abuse allegations nearer home that this connection never emerged.

    What we did report prompted the sort of vehement official denials that have come to characterise child abuse claims. Margaret Hodge, then council leader, denounced us as Right-wing "gutter journalists" who supposedly bribed children to lie.

    Our findings were eventually vindicated by Government-ordered inquiries, and two British Press Awards. Yet I knew we had only scraped the surface of Islington's corruption.

    Now Jersey police under deputy chief Lenny Harper - a 'new broom' outsider - have been secretly investigating a paedophile ring linked to the island's care homes for months, I have been struck by common factors with the British abuse scandals: innocent-sounding sailing trips, where children can be isolated and abused, away from prying eyes, then delivered to other abusers; the familiar smearing of whistle-blowers; and the suppression of damning reports.

    Jersey social worker Simon Bellwood was sacked early last year after speaking out, and popular health minister Stuart Syvret, 42, was fired in November after publicising the suppressed Sharp Report into abuse allegations.

    "The smears on me are water off a duck's back," this brave man told me yesterday in a St Helier cafe. But his hands shook.

    I have never assumed that the officials, politicians and police who cover up abuse scandals are all paedophiles, nor does Syvret.

    "They just want a quiet life and their competency unquestioned. I'm angrier with them than the abusers, and want several prosecuted for obstructing the course of justice. The police are considering charges," he added.

    Traditionally, police fear paedophile ring inquiries as expensive and unproductive.

    Traumatised witnesses can be hazy and collapse under cross-examination.

    Convictions are rare. Police therefore raid suspected abusers for paedophile pornography, which more easily yields convictions.

    Well - in theory. In June 1991, police in Cambridgeshire raided the home of Neil Hocquart who abused children in Britain and Guernsey and, with a social worker from Jersey, supplied child pornography for a huge sex ring.

    It should have been a major breakthrough. But, as DC Cook told me, it went horribly wrong.
    A handful of child sex-ring victims become "recruiters". They are not beaten but rewarded with gifts,

    money and 'love'. In return, their job is to procure other victims. Such a man, my whistle-blower believed, was Neil Frederick Hocquart.

    Hocquart, original surname Foster, was abused while in care in Norfolk and was eventually 'befriended' by an older man, merchant seaman Captain H. Hocquart of Vale, in Guernsey, whose surname he adopted.

    Captain Hocquart was not the only Channel Islands man with an interest in children in care. Satan worshipper Edward Paisnel, "The Beast of Jersey", was given a 30-year sentence in 1971 on 13 counts of raping girls and boys. The building contractor fostered children and played Father Christmas at Haut de la Garenne in the Sixties.

    Cambridgeshire police, in a joint operation with Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad (now the Paedophile Unit), raided Neil Hocquart's Swaffham Manor home in June 1991.

    They found more than 100 child-sex videos and 300 photographs of children. At nearby Ely they found his friend, Walter Clack, trying to dispose of a sick home video of a middle-aged man abusing a boy.

    Who were the children in these films and photos? Police needed properly to question these men. But they never got the chance.

    Hocquart secretly took an overdose of anti-depressant dothiepin and died at Addenbrooke's Hospital soon after his arrest. Was his suicide a last act of loyalty?

    DC Cook told me incredulously that a senior officer broke with normal procedure and informed Clack, before he was questioned, that the other suspect was dead. Clack then blamed the dead man for everything, and escaped with a £5,000 fine - and inherited one third of Hocquart's wealth, at his bequest.

    Wills featured strongly in the fortunesof the Islington and Channel Islands paedophiles. Police discovered that Neil Hocquart inherited his wealth from the Guernsey sea captain.
    But Captain Hocquart possibly paid dearly for befriending orphans: he died soon after making out his will in the younger man's favour.

    Scotland Yard detectives told me they found at least "two or three" wills of older men who died of apparent heart attacks shortly after leaving everything to Neil Hocquart.

    The officers cheerfully called him a "murderer". These deaths were never investigated: the suspect, after all, was now also dead.

    Hocquart wasn't the only person in his circle to become rich this way. A Jersey-born friend of Hocquart's, who started his childcare career on the island before becoming a key supplier of children from Islington's care homes to paedophile rings, similarly inherited a fortune.

    Nicholas John Rabet was for many years deputy superintendent of Islington council's home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue.

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    Friday, June 29, 2012

    #Jersey:Anarchy In the U.K. ?

    Leah McGrath Goodman.

    It seemed that anyone who attempted to stand up for Jersey’s underprivileged or conduct a proper investigation into their treatment soon found themselves in the fight of their lives.
    Evidence found at Haut de la Garenne – including bones that were “fresh and fleshed” before being burned and dozens of children’s teeth with the roots still on them in the furnace area – was turned over to a new police chief who downplayed its significance but also admitted to throwing some of it out. As an investigative journalist, I found it hard to understand how this could possibly inspire confidence. It seemed the situation needed to be looked at by someone without an axe to grind or an ass to more

    NO extradition for U.K. paedophile, his wife has contacts in the British Government.

    #Jersey: Julian #Assange And Gary McKinnon Are NOT Paedophiles - The U.K. Warped Justice System Will Not Protect Them And Extradition Will Go Ahead.

    Shawn Sullivan
    Gary McKinnon

    Maddie McCann 'victim of an abduction claim her parents' by a paedophile claim her parents ! When questioned on sightings of Madeleine her father smirks before answering. All nine in the group ( Tapas9 ) have lied on what happened to this small child, their police statements bear witness to this fact.

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    #Ireland: 'Shameful Day' Child Death Report.

    Image: Jesse Milan via Flickr
    AN INDEPENDENT REPORT into the deaths of nearly 200 children in the care system between 2000 and 2010 has been described as harrowing and shocking by interest groups reacting to its publication today.

    The long awaited report by the Independent Child Death Review Group which examined 196 cases of a child or young person dying while in contact with the care system over a decade found that many were not given adequate protection.

    The report called for wide-ranging reform of Ireland’s child protection system as it identified 112 deaths which came about as a result of non-natural causes while 84 deaths were a result of natural causes.

    “At its core, the Child Death Review report signifies our societal failure to prioritise children, particularly those most vulnerable to significant harm. It has been said time and again that children have been voiceless in Ireland for far too long,” Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay said today.

    He said that the report offered a chance to build on positive steps made in recent years to support the needs of children and young people in Ireland and said that the reform of child welfare and the Children’s Rights referendum could not be put off any longer.

    He added: “We need a system that is accountable, where everyone is responsible and where clear management structures support the very difficult work that social workers do.

    “The most vulnerable children and young people in our society have been too far down our list of priorities for too long.”

    The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said that the report added to the “shameful neglect and abuse of children” that was identified in the Ryan Report in 2009 and showed that there was “even more systemic failure” identified in this report.

    “This failure was not in a bygone era but in the booming years of the Celtic Tiger where money was plentiful but change was not,” the ISPCC said.

    Ashley Balbirnie, the ISPCC chief executive, added: “This is a sad, shameful day. Nearly 200 children died showing we still haven’t learnt from the litany of reports published in the last two decades.

    “The HSE, the Agency responsible for the care of these vulnerable children, was born on building blocks of crisis management.

    “This approach has failed the nation’s children and cannot be allowed to continue. It is time to put children first and ensure we do our utmost as a society to protect vulnerable children.”

    At a political level the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children has said it will hold an urgent meeting with Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald tomorrow following the publication of the report.

    Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer said: “This report is shocking, makes for grim reading and is a wake -up call for how, as a society, we look after vulnerable children and youths.”

    Fianna Fáil, whose former minister Barry Andrews commissioned the report, said that the publication of the it was “a sad day for Ireland” in the words of its spokesperson Charlie McConalogue.

    “These problems did not begin when Barry Andrews commissioned this independent review, and they will not end now that the report has been published,” McConalogue said today.

    “Right now in cities and towns across Ireland, there are vulnerable young people in homes and on the streets at risk in the same way as the children in this report.”

    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said that the report was a “serious indictment” of child protection systems in the State, adding that it was “deeply shocking” that so many died while in the care or in contact with the State at the “height of the Celtic Tiger”.

    He added that it was important that the new Child and Family Support Agency, which is due to be established next year, has the “necessary financial and personnel resources to deal with this very important issue.”

    Friday, June 8, 2012