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5 March 2015

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Thursday (5 March) heard evidence from three former residents of Jersey Care homes.

Counsel to the Inquiry Harriet Jerram took Witness 673, “Mr B”, through his statement about his experiences in care. Speaking anonymously, Mr B described a brief stay at Brig-y-Don in the 1970s, and Haut de la Garenne and Les Chenes between 1980-84.

Witness 624, “Mrs X”, also stayed for a short time at Brig-y-Don as a young child in the 1970s. Ms Jerram then took her through her statement about her experiences at Les Chenes in the 1980s.

Witness 634, “Mr L”, spoke about Brig-y-Don and La Preference in the 1960s. Counsel was Patrick Sadd.

An addition to the witness statements, Counsel to the Inquiry Paul Livingston gave the Panel an overview of the history of Brig-y-Don, a voluntary residential children’s home which was run between 1925-2009 before re-opening at a States’ home in 2011. He also gave overviews about two  family group homes, 46 Nicholson Park/Clos de Roncier between 1960-1977, and Norcott Villa/Le Squez between 1968-1980.

Full transcripts and supporting documents will be available for viewing and download in due course.

The hearings resume tomorrow (Friday 5 March) at 0900 with a witness giving evidence in public.

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