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Haut de la Garenne – Slow Justice

03/28/2010 4 comments

A Scottish husband and wife, Morag and Anthony Jordan, have been charged with 46 counts of common assault on children.  The husband and wife team worked at Haut de la Garenne from 1970 to 1984.

11 people have filed complaints against the Jordans all of whom were under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Morag Jordan is accused of 32 assaults against 11 children.  One charge includes pushing a young child’s face into urine.

Anthony Jordan is accused of 14 assaults against three children aged eight to 13.

Both of the Jordans are in their sixties and have been released on bail until an arraignment is scheduled.  Conditions for bail include: they must stay at their home in Scotland, check in with police once a week, and they were required to turn over their passports to authorities.

The Jordans were released on bail by the magistrates court because the court decided they did not have the power to handle the case and referred it to the Jersey Royal Court.  A date for the indictment has not been set.

The magistrates court decided to move the case due to the number of charges, not the nature of the charges.

There is still a great deal mistrust and skepticism about the charging of those involved in the years of abuse at Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere in Jersey.  Many believe the few who have been charged are merely token scapegoats offered to the victims and those who perpetrated the most heinous offenses are still being protected.

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