Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Man sentenced for abuse in Jersey children's home

Yesterday Gordon Wateridge was sentenced to two years in prison for sexual assaults carried out on teenage girls at the Haute de la Garenne children's home on Jersey.

One thing struck me about this story: the name of the judge who sentenced him. It was Sir Christopher Pitchers.

Back in the 1980s Chris Pitchers was our only local SDP activist. I remember his being rather disconcerted when, at the height of the row over the merger of the two parties, he arrived at a district by-election in the town to find that we had put up a Liberal candidate. We reasoned that, if the Alliance no longer existed, he could hardly fight under a Liberal Alliance banner.

But Chris helped us without argument and I am sure he is now very good at the judging.

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