Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Jersey; top people; a cover-up?

According to The Times, 2 March 2008, (Picture: the Jersey 'child abuse cellar' uncovered by police), top people have been named as child abusers in Jersey.

"Victims have described being lowered into a 'deep dark pit' where they were left with other children in a large bath of cold water before being abused at the hands care workers and outsiders...

"The investigation has been widened to include organised abuse at the Greenfield’s children’s home and the Sea Cadet force which used Haut de La Garenne...

"A leading member of Jersey’s post-war political establishment was confirmed by police today as having been named as an abuser. Living members of the island’s establishment have also been identified as suspects but cannot be named for legal reasons.

"Wilfred Krichefski, a senator in Jersey’s government and chair of several committees, allegedly regularly visited Haut de La Garenne to abuse boys until his death in 1974.

"One ex-resident has claimed he was repeatedly raped at the children’s home aged 12 by Mr Krichefski between 1962 and 1963...

"The only person he told about the abuse was a psychiatrist on the island who warned that if he repeated the allegation he would be placed in a mental hospital.

"Mr Krichefski ran a leading Jersey clothing store and was founding managing director of ITV’s Channel Television. He was awarded an OBE in 1958."

A police cover-up in progress?

"Deputy police chief Lenny Harper, who is leading the inquiry, said there was a 'culture' of abuse at the home during certain periods. 'I think we are looking at a culture of abuse rather than a paedophile ring,' he said...

"Asked if the team was any closer to making an arrest, Mr Harper said: 'Suspects are one thing, we need evidence to convict people...'

"Police are also trying to establish how many children killed themselves at the home.

"This line of inquiry emerged after relatives of a child who committed suicide contacted police to ask for an investigation into the death.

"Mr Harper said he felt there were issues surrounding the suicide claims which need "to be looked at" but he dismissed the suggestion that the victim was murdered...

"Police also revealed that former children's television host Jimmy Saville had visited the home on several occasions during the Seventies but is not part of their inquiry...

"Senior justice officials from Jersey States have held talks in London with officials at the Ministry of Justice..."


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