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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

"States Of Jersey Forced Into A Committee Of Inquiry Into Decades Of Child Abuse"

£6 million abuse inquiry will go ahead

Link to the Rico Sorda Blog below

A six million pounds Committee of Inquiry in to historical child abuse in Jersey will go ahead.

Politicians today debated the terms of reference for the inquiry which were unanimously supported by 43 votes to 0.

Summing up at the end of a short and dignified debate, the Chief Minister Senator Gorst said, "The stories this inquiry hears will shock and surprise the community. The victims need our support through the process. 

"Victims will play a part in creating the right framework to protect islanders into the future."

The only sticking point in the debate was whether the Chairman, who is yet to be appointed, would be able to decide for himself how prosecution files of previous child abuse cases are examined.

The Council of Ministers wanted that to be done by off-island lawyers with prosecution expertise.

But Deputy Montfort Tadier, who's brought the amendment won the day.

Opening the debate, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said: "A Committee of Inquiry offers victims a trusted forum to share their experiences and for a healing process to begin."

He also repeated an apology to victims first made by government in 2010.

The horrors of abuse that happened at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne have cast a long shadow over Jersey.

Ever since they came to light in 2008, there have been calls for a transparent investigation into historical child abuse in States-run children's homes.

The budget for the inquiry is £6million.

Among the costs, a chairman who'll be paid £576,800, and two other members, one on £342,000, one £256,500.

But the biggest cost of all is the lawyers. Those for the inquiry team have £750,000 at their disposal. Lawyers for witnesses could tot up to £1,350,000.

It could take two years to gather evidence, call witnesses and come forward with conclusions.

If there's even a whiff of political interference in the process, this one-time opportunity to learn the truth could be lost forever.

Britain reviews child sexual abuse policy after Jimmy Savile scandal

A broadcast journalist holds a copy of the report entitled Giving Victims a Voice outside New Scotland Yard in central London on Jan 11, 2013. The report by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) details 50 years of allegations of sexual abuse by former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile. Britain's top prosecutor announced a shake-up on Wednesday of the way sexual abuse of children is dealt with in the criminal justice system to prevent a repeat of the Jimmy Savile scandal. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's top prosecutor announced a shake-up on Wednesday of the way sexual abuse of children is dealt with in the criminal justice system to prevent a repeat of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Keir Starmer said police and prosecutors needed to change the way they assessed the credibility of victims and should examine potential suspects more closely for patterns of behaviour and links to other cases in deciding whether to pursue an allegation.
The announcement follows public horror at revelations that Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, used his fame as a star presenter on BBC television and radio to sexually abuse hundreds of children over four decades.
"We cannot afford another Savile moment in five or ten years' time," said Starmer, the director of public prosecutions.

Abuse committee of inquiry terms agreed

THE terms of reference for a committee of inquiry into historical abuse are to be widened to include non-States run care homes, the States agreed this afternoon.
The Council of Ministers had lodged an amendment to their own proposition to allow people who suffered abuse in non-States run homes and at the hands of third-party providers of services for children, such as sport and youth clubs, to raise concerns with the inquiry.
Previously, the proposed inquiry was just going to focus on States-run care homes.
Deputy Montfort Tadier, who has worked with the Council of Ministers and the Jersey Care Leavers Association to ensure the terms of reference meet the needs of abuse victims, had also lodged an amendment to enable the inquiry to examine decisions to prosecute individuals relating to historical child abuse in the Island however it sees fit.


So the Abuse Survivors, a few good cops, a few good politicians, the JCLA, and the Jersey Bloggers finally win through.

No doubt that many in Jersey won't be getting much sleep tonight, but they don't deserve a peaceful night for the misery, pain, and death that they have caused.

Also those who have covered up child abuse will be quaking in their boots this evening, waiting in future months and years for that knock on the door to finally arrive. To let them know that they didn't get away with it, and that they never could.

None of these bastards did the right thing whilst they were afforded the opportunity, and for them, hopefully humiliation, disgrace and prison.

The survivors now have their dream chance to end the torment that they have suffered for decades, that one window of opportunity to find some peace and closure, we all need to stay vigilant to make sure they get that opportunity for I feel that the shenanigans are not yet over....

And a thought for the poor souls who never made it....

A small & deserved tribute to Jersey Bloggers

"Role Of Honour"

The Abuse Survivors
Stuart Syvret
Carrie Modral
Graham Power
Lenny Harper
Rico Sorda
Daniel Wimberley
Francis Le Gresley
Trevor Pitman
Bob Hill
Mike Higgins
Monty Tadier
Roy Le Herissier
John Hemming
Web Guru
Brian Claire
Leah McGrath Goodman
Everyone Who Has Spoken Out In Support Of The Cause.

"THE VOTE" & who didn't!!!

Why, the usual suspects of course.

Sean Power Pour

Philip Francis Cyril Ozouf Not present for vote
Bryan Ian Le Marquand Not present for vote
Sir Philip Martin Bailhache Not present for vote
Daniel Joseph Murphy Not present for vote
Philip John Rondel Not present for vote
Richard John Rondel Not present for vote
Alan John Henry Maclean Out of the island
James Gordon Reed Excused attendance


  1. Good news indeed. Hope there is no cover-up of involvement by the spooks.

    - Aangirfan

    1. We will be staying vigilant Aang, and thank you very much for all the assistance you have given to us here on the septic isle.

  2. Absolutely correct, Ian. Forced into it. Well done to all who forced COI terms through vigilance and diligence. Could not have happened without you all, and could not have worked without the internet. Bravo.

  3. I bet the troll is gutted.

  4. Just Look Who Didn't Vote :)

    Senator Paul Francis Routier M.B.E. Pour
    Senator Alan Breckon Pour
    Senator Sarah Craig Ferguson Pour
    Senator Francis du Heaume Le Gresley, M.B.E. Pour
    Senator Ian Joseph Gorst Pour
    Senator Lyndon John Farnham Pour
    Connétable Alan Simon Crowcroft Pour
    Connétable John Le Sueur Gallichan Pour
    Connétable Leonard Norman Pour
    Connétable John Martin Refault Pour
    Connétable Deidre Wendy Mezbourian Pour
    Connétable Juliette Gallichan Pour
    Connétable Michael John Paddock Pour
    Connétable Stephen William Pallett Pour
    Connétable Michel Philip Sydney Le Troquer Pour
    Connétable Sadie Anthea Rennard Pour
    Deputy Robert Charles Duhamel Pour
    Deputy Roy George Le Hérissier Pour
    Deputy Judith Ann Martin Pour
    Deputy Geoffrey Peter Southern Pour
    Deputy Carolyn Fiona Labey Pour
    Deputy Jacqueline Ann Hilton Pour
    Deputy John Alexander Nicholas Le Fondré Pour
    Deputy Anne Enid Pryke Pour
    Deputy Sean Power Pour
    Deputy Shona Pitman Pour
    Deputy Kevin Charles Lewis Pour
    Deputy Montfort Tadier Pour
    Deputy Trevor Mark Pitman Pour
    Deputy Edward James Noel Pour
    Deputy Tracey Anne Vallois Pour
    Deputy Michael Roderick Higgins Pour
    Deputy Andrew Kenneth Francis Green M.B.E. Pour
    Deputy Jeremy Martin Maçon Pour
    Deputy Gerard Clifford Lemmens Baudains Pour
    Deputy Patrick John Dennis Ryan Pour
    Deputy James Patrick Gorton Baker Pour
    Deputy John Hilary Young Pour
    Deputy Susan Jane Pinel Pour
    Deputy John Michael Le Bailly Pour
    Deputy Stephen George Luce Pour
    Deputy Roderick Gordon Bryans Pour
    Deputy Kristina Louise Moore Pour
    Senator Philip Francis Cyril Ozouf Not present for vote
    Senator Bryan Ian Le Marquand Not present for vote
    Senator Sir Philip Martin Bailhache Not present for vote
    Connétable Daniel Joseph Murphy Not present for vote
    Connétable Philip John Rondel Not present for vote
    Deputy Richard John Rondel Not present for vote
    Senator Alan John Henry Maclean Out of the island
    Deputy James Gordon Reed Excused attendance

  5. Infamy for them it shall be....

    Jersey's leaders face down in the dirt.
    Oh how we laughed that day,
    when all the politician went away.
    Oh how we wept that day.
    When our kids could go out to play.

    The days are coming when children will enjoy the sun again on the dark island of Jersey.

    I just can't wait.

  6. Hi Ian.

    Here's Two Speeches from today's Debate Think they sum up the two camps, the ones that actually want the COI & the ones that want to carry on the Cover Up to save there own back's or there friends?

    You & your reader's can make up there own minds to who is on which side of the fence! HERE But should I say one is a Constable so says it all really.