Sentencing brings Jersey child abuse saga to an end

 

A LONG-RUNNING child abuse investigation that brought turmoil to Jersey has finally ended with the sentencing of two former children’s home workers.

Morag Jordan and her husband, Anthony, were jailed yesterday for a series of assaults on children at the Haut de la Garenne home over a period of more than 10 years in the 1970s and 80s. Five others had previously been convicted of a number of sexual assaults, receiving sentences of up to 15 years in jail.

Police say their three-year investigation, Operation Rectangle, has now ended.

The inquiry faced a series of criticisms, both from leading political figures on the island and from senior police officers flown in from the mainland to review its progress.

At one point, police said they believed they had recovered the remains of a child from the cellar of the home, only later to admit what they had thought to be a fragment of skull was a piece of coconut shell.

As well as the seven people convicted, police gathered evidence that could have led to the prosecution of a further 30 people who died before they could be brought before the courts. – ( Guardianservice)