Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jersey Police Chief Suspended

Chief Officer Graham Power was relieved of his duties by the island's prime minister after a new investigation team trashed the child abuse scandal.

According to the Telegraph: In an astonishing U-turn, police revealed that "human remains" found at the former home were almost all animal bones, and that only three were "possibly human", which dated from between 1470 and 1670.

The new investigation team said there was "nothing suspicious" about items found in cellars beneath the building, which included 65 milk teeth, and much of the information released to the public "was not accurate".

Mr Power said: "I strenuously deny any wrongdoing and will rigorously contest any allegations in respect of my role. I have been offered an opportunity to retire from my role as chief officer by the Minister for Home Affairs, but have chosen instead to contest the allegations."

David Warcup, the new Deputy Chief Officer, launched a devastating attack on Mr Harper, saying he had now "ripped up" much of the evidence presented by his predecessor.

He said: "I am not saying he has lied. I don't know what his motivation was, and nor do I know his thought processes at the time. The fact is, the facts in the case are different."

Harper described his successor's attack as "absolutely bizarre" and accused Mr Warcup of "blatantly misrepresenting" his team's findings.

Speaking at Jersey's police headquarters, Mr Warcup and Det Supt Mick Gradwell, the man who is now leading the investigation, categorically dismissed many of the findings of Mr Harper's investigation.

They said iron "shackles" found in a cellar are no more than rusty pieces of metal, a "bloodstained" bath has no blood on it, and a "restraint" is nothing more than a piece of random debris.

I am speechless!

Citizens of Jersey need to take to the streets and storm the States offices.


ritanita said...

This is so terribly disappointing. I am appalled at how the truth can be so publicly turned upside down.

katfish said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date with this story. This latest statement from Jersey officials is downright shameful.

donchais said...

I didn't even put this on the blog - Stuart Syvret commented:

"True enough that suicide rates go up when paedophile rings are uncovered.

But - also true that suicide rates go up when victims of abusers - when they've finally been given hope - only to see it disappearing under yet another cover-up - and they just can't take it any more.

It's the final degradation and insult to them.

To my knowledge, there have been five suicide attempts amongst Jersey victims during the last 14 months.