Monday, 1 August 2011
"Jersey Care Leavers Association - Letter To Jersey Evening Post - Not Printed"
28th July 2011
In regard to the Child Abuse Investigation and the ensuing related matters may we make mention of Senator Perchard and Deputy Sean Power.
Senator Perchard is known to have leaked a confidential police e-mail to known child abuse denier David Rose in regard to the Haut de la Garenne investigation. Mr Rose himself has confirmed this in a recorded telephone conversation. This seems most contradictory behaviour from the Senator. Can we assume that he agrees that his leak should be investigated?
Deputy Sean Power also who just ‘happened’ to find a confidential e-mail to another States Member. Not only did he just read it, but scanned and copied another party in on the private document. Subsequently this was published on a now defunct blog which was hell bent on destroying the Haut de la Garenne and child abuse investigation. Whilst he fell foul of the Data Protection Law, his only punishment was a slap on the wrists and his resignation as Housing Minister. How and why can this States member exhibit such double standards?
Senator Shenton also undertook to fall foul of Data Protection laws by recording a private telephone conversation, keeping it under wraps for quite some time until he had the opportunity of using it as evidence against the person he had recorded. Not really the actions of an honourable man, who again was let off very lightly.
Add to this his naming of Lenny Harper as Lenny Henry, and we have another politician who appears to show contempt for the law and the child abuse investigation.
The evidence regarding Mr Warcup and Mr Gradwell (the latter also leaking information to the press), which is emerging from the Scrutiny Inquiry, and we have a far bigger and wider picture than you choose to portray would also indicate these issues need to be addressed further.
The constant, ongoing vilification, unfounded allegations and innuendos of the SIO of a most distressing episode for those who were abused mentally and physically, raped, whilst in the care of the States of Jersey, only serve to act as a constant reminder for those victims, not only the members of the JCLA but other victims also. Some of these victims are still living each day with the damage that this has caused them. Mr Harper and Mr Power were held in the utmost respect by us, and were trusted also.
Neither bear any responsibility for all this.
We would therefore hope that in the interests of justice, balance and fairness, that the Attorney General and Chief of Police will also make investigations into the behaviour of the above named also, and again with those same sentiments in mind, we are also sending a copy of this letter to both the AG and Mr Bowron.
We trust you will publish this letter in its full form. There is nothing contentious or untrue contained in it, and we have managed to withhold our feelings on all this over the past few weeks, but now feel that it is time our thoughts are also put into the public domain as an alternative view to this whole sorry affair.
C Modral – Chair JCLA