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Haut de la Garenne – Slow Justice

03/28/2010

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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  1. 03/28/2010 at 7:11 pm

    It’s possible some accused are scapegoats, but imo, if eleven people are willing to step forward with accusations they should be heard. The dominos have to start falling somewhere…does this mean the people of Jersey are now actually acknowledging wrong doing at Haut de la Garenne?

  2. donchais
    03/28/2010 at 9:23 pm

    I actually have become friendly with some folks in Jersey and the attitude is staid and strange there. Yes, some folks are now seeing the cover-up and horror for what it is.

    There are a lot of people – the crème de la crème – who need to be exposed, but the Jersey history of protection and concealment is as pervasive as that of the
    Catholic church.

  3. Leigh
    03/29/2010 at 2:43 pm

    Amazingly, with so much newly documented evidence of corruption in the public domain now, there are still many Jersey citizens in complete denial. The internet may yet change everything however, even 800 years of rule in the form of one small group with self acclaimed entitlement to power. In no way is that group willing to accept being exposed to the outside world as anything but a pure democracy, so they have a choice on their hands. I suspect most from Jersey fear international public exposure almost as much as they fear prosecutions for crimes committed by insiders. A book could change everything, and perhaps bring about the downfall of a crooked but very wealthy regime.

  4. donchais
    03/29/2010 at 3:43 pm

    Interestingly enough, not too long ago a public figure sagely repeated something he was told…a lot of the same people in charge today…are the very same who were in charge during the Nazi occupation…Jersey is the only nation where this holds true!

    I do firmly believe the end is near for this corrupt group of elite. They will/are however content to be dragged kicking and screaming from the spotlight.

    The tragedy is the path of destruction they leave in their egotistical, money-grubbing wake!

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