Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Times article on Jersey child abuse

David James Smith - "Britain's foremost crime writer" - has an article about the aftermath of the outcry over child abuse on Jersey in today's Sunday Times:

"We worked very hard to win the victims' confidence," [Lenny] Harper says of the Haut de la Garenne inquiry. "I think now they will feel that there is nothing that they can do.

"Jersey is claiming that I left with loads of documents, unused material that could be needed in court. I think they're saying that so that cases can be thrown out. I have offered to go to any court in the UK and answer questions about alleged unused material."

Harper ended his affidavit to the High Court by saying: "With such an absence of controls, such an absence of accountability, the ordinary, decent citizens of Jersey are helpless. Intentionally or not, the system has allowed corruption to flourish to such an extent that those seeking to combat it are the ones open to scorn."

The article does not appear to be on the newspaper's website, but never fear.

Stuart Syvret has reproduced it in full on his blog - and filled in the names the Sunday Times left out.


ceedee said...

I think you've unwittingly linked to the wrong post on Stuart's blog. That link is to a Mail on Sunday article (also worth a read) from April.
The correct entry in Stuart's blog is at and the original article can also be found on the Sunday Times' website.

Jonathan Calder said...

Thank you. I have added the correct link.