Monday, August 2, 2010

Jar/6- Andrew Lewis

Before I go into the Expenses of Wiltshire I thought I would take a quick look at JAR/6 the piece of ' Skull' found on the 23rd February 2008.

It always comes back to this moment, everything over the past 2 yrs comes back to this moment.

Lenny Harper ridiculed

Graham Power suspended

Jerseys reputation in tatters ( not my opinion) just propaganda


1 million spent on what exactly? some call it Wiltshire some call it a Redacted Nothing.

So what of JAR/6. In the Wiltshire report is there a full laid out Audit trail for this very important piece of Jersey History.

Where was it ever tested and found to be 'Coconut' some have said it was sent to Kew Gardens in 2009 and was found to be 'Coconut' but why send a piece in 2009 when it has been discounted from the investigation in 2008.

The Term Coconut I believe was first used by Journalist David Rose

Now what I will put up here is a little exchange that took place in the house on the 17th June 2008 between Andrew Lewis and others

Shame we don't have the Andrew Lewis statement from Wiltshire

If there should be a clear audit trail on anything it should be on this one piece, with all audio, TV and any press statements from Lenny Harper.

So why haven't we got it

This is a late night blog but I found this exchange so wanted you to read it

rs


9.          Statement made by the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs regarding the origin of the skull fragment found at Haut de la Garenne

9.1     The Deputy of St. John (Assistant Minister of Home Affairs):
I have now reviewed the Chief Officer’s report and relevant correspondence and am able to answer the questions raised by Senator Perchard and Deputy Power that were referred at the last sitting.  It remains the case that there is no definitive scientific finding as to the nature of the fragment found on 23rd February 2008, which might indicate whether or not the statement made subsequently by the Senior Investigating Officer was incorrect.  So I trust Members will understand that this is an ongoing investigation and that therefore it is not possible to make any further comment.  If deemed necessary, any such matters could form part of a brief for the Committee of Inquiry which has been proposed to proceed upon completion of the investigation.  Thank you, Sir.

9.1.1  Senator J.L. Perchard:
I thank the Assistant Minister and while I do know and understand the sensitivities that surround this ongoing inquiry I do think there is a certain aspect that the Assistant Minister will surely want to get cleared-up.  As the find at Haut de la Garenne on 23rd February was described at the time as what appears to be the partial remains of a child, will the Assistant Minister advise the Assembly what action is now being taken to establish the accuracy or otherwise of that description?

The Deputy of St. John:
At the time the on-site anthropologists and forensic scientists were led to believe that that was what the item was.  Without undertaking further forensic tests on the item, which is no longer of any interest in the investigation, it would not be possible to draw a full conclusion on the item, Sir.  As it is no longer relevant to the investigation I see no further reason to establish whether it is or is not what people think it is.  The fact is that it is inconclusive and, as it is inconclusive, Sir, and irrelevant to the inquiry at this stage, we will not be commenting on the matter any further, Sir.  Thank you.

9.1.2  Senator J.L. Perchard:
I thank the Assistant Minister and understand his dilemma.  Will the Assistant Minister arrange for the material found on 23rd February to be released to the States of Jersey Pathology Department in an effort to assist the police identifying the origins of the material?

The Deputy of St. John
I think not, Sir.  I do not think the Pathology Department here has the level of expertise that will be required to make such a judgment, Sir.  We have used some of the top labs in the U.K. and they have had difficulty, Sir.  This is not an exact science and if it is required to be investigated further, Sir, it would cost further money which is no longer of any relevance to the investigation.  This particular item, as we have said on a number of occasions, is no longer relevant to the investigation at this time.  However, it does form part of the evidence for the case and will be kept as such in case it ever is required, Sir.  Thank you.

9.1.3  Deputy D.W. Mezbourian:
I would just like to make a point to anyone considering making a statement in the House.  As we are all well aware, the House is never - or not always - fully attended by Members and at the last sitting, indeed, some of us were absent.  So to have a statement which makes reference to questions raised and were deferred at the last sitting but without identifying what those questions were, it is difficult for those of us… [Interruption] I think perhaps, Sir, someone is phoning the Deputy to raise the same point with him as I am making now.  Indeed, Sir, not only for Members who are perhaps absent from the House at the time but for those people are listening - and no one seems to be listening to me at the moment, certainly not within the House.  But I repeat, Sir, for those members of the public who may not have heard the questions raised at the last sitting, for those Members of the House who may not have heard, may I ask that in this instance the Assistant Minister reminds us what the questions are or were that he is referring to and reiterate that for future statements Member will remember my comment.

The Deputy of St. John
[Aside]  The Deputy has a fair point and I will recite the question as was given to us at the last session for the benefit of Members and particularly for the benefit of the Deputy.  Deputy Power asked the question and it was as follows, Sir: “In view of the forensic opinions as to the nature of the alleged fragment of skull found at Haut de la Garenne, does the Minister still maintain her view that the comments made by the Deputy Chief of Police at a press conference on 23rd February were appropriate?”  That was the question and I apologise, the Deputy is quite right it should have been stated when I answered the question, Sir.

9.1.4  Deputy S. Power:
In lieu of the fact that the Assistant Minister has now indicated that the fragment found on 23rd February is no longer of relevance to the investigation, is it not in the interests of the Home Affairs Department to put that non-relevant piece of fragment into the public domain?  Thank you.

The Deputy of St. John
No, Sir, because whatever way you look at it this item is still evidence and until a conclusive result is achieved from further forensics, it will remain evidence.  Unless the Attorney General can correct me otherwise I would imagine any type of evidence uncovered in this type of investigation would have to be kept until after any subsequent trials, if indeed there are some, Sir.  Thank you.

Deputy S. Power:
Sorry, can I ask him just to clarify that last answer.  I understand the Assistant Minister to have said that the item is no longer of any interest to the investigation.  If it is no longer of any interest to the investigation how can the Assistant Minister call it evidence?

The Deputy of St. John
I think that is a matter for greater minds than mine from a legal profession, Sir.  As far as I understand it, it is evidence and it should be kept as such until the investigation is completed.  Perhaps the Attorney General could clarify that, Sir?

The Attorney General:
I am sorry, Sir, that I was not in the Chamber at 2.15 p.m., I apologise to Members.  Can I ask what precisely I am asked to clarify?

The Deputy of St. John
Mr. Attorney, I wonder if you could clarify.  The Deputy has asked that the evidence which I am making reference to in this answer be released to the public as it is no longer of relevance to the investigation.  My understanding is that all evidence remains as such until any court proceedings or any subsequent investigations are completed.  That is now evidence - Crown evidence, I assume - and the Deputy is asking whether that is the case or not?

The Attorney General:
I now understand the point being asked.  My firm advice to Members is that this is not a matter which ought to be put in the public domain at the moment because it might have an impact upon any of the prosecutions yet to come.  I do not, for my part, think it is appropriate that we risk the integrity of those prosecutions and the judicial process by analysis of evidence, whether directly or indirectly relevant at this stage.  It is very difficult to tell what evidence might be relevant.  The police may well have reached the view, as I think has been expressed previously, that the piece of skull - or not skull as the case may be - which was referred to in February no longer forms part of the police investigations.  That would mean that it is not part of the prosecution case.  But there is no way of knowing at the present stage whether it may or may not form part of the defence case, in which case all relevant material in relation to that would need to be provided to the defence as part of the duties of disclosure.  For all these reasons it is just not appropriate to risk prejudice to the integrity of the judicial process in my view at this stage.

9.1.5  Deputy C.H. Egré of St. Peter:
Will the Assistant Minister look into the case which I think was publicised in the National Press whereby it was indicated that the item that was found was not bone and in fact that the further investigation that was required was to find out whether it was coconut or walnut?

The Deputy of St. John:
You have concerned me greatly that the lab in question made any statement at all to the press.  Having said that, Sir, they have said - and this is has been in the public domain already - that the investigations or the science used to establish what this item is are inconclusive, Sir.  So I do not see how one could say categorically whether it is wood, coconut or anything else, Sir, without further investigation.  They have said that to us, this particular lab, but I was most disturbed and concerned that they released that information in the first place, Sir.  I will repeat, without further forensic tests we cannot prove conclusively that it is bone or any other items, Sir.

9.1.6  The Deputy of St. Peter:
A supplementary, if I may.  Would the Assistant Minister confirm that in effect that the lab indicated in very clear terms that to quote: “This ain’t bone” and that further investigation was required to find out exactly what it was in relation to what form of wood it was?

The Deputy of St. John
I could go into more forensic detail as to why they could not make such a statement but I have been advised not to by our legal advisors, Sir, but I can categorically state that this evidence has not been proved conclusively as to exactly what it is and I do not wish to comment any further on the item, Sir, as I have been advised not to.

9.1.7          Connétable M.K. Jackson of St. Brelade:
The Assistant Minister refers to the ongoing investigation and of course its significant associated costs.  Could he give Members any indication or indicate to Members whether there has been any move from his officers as to how much further this investigation will carry on for?  Thank you, Sir.

The Deputy of St. John:
That will depend on whether the Constable is talking about the specific area which I am talking about here which is the Haut de La Garenne investigation or the greater abuse investigation.  The abuse investigation generally could go on for many, many months, Sir.  There is precedent here in other jurisdictions where it has gone on for considerable time.  With regard to the actual site at Haut de la Garenne investigations there are almost complete, Sir.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-567013/Human-bone-centre-Jersey-childrens-home-inquiry-actually-piece-wood-coconut-shell.html

rico sorda said...

The Deputy of St. John (Assistant Minister of Home Affairs):

"I have now reviewed the Chief Officer’s report and relevant correspondence and am able to answer the questions raised by Senator Perchard and Deputy Power that were referred at the last sitting. It remains the case that there is no definitive scientific finding as to the nature of the fragment found on 23rd February 2008, which might indicate whether or not the statement made subsequently by the Senior Investigating Officer was incorrect"

So this was on the 17th June 2008

What was it that was getting Senator Perchard and Deputy Power so worked up.

Im glad they were asking questions even if it was very short lived and only concerned this fragment

I million on Wiltshire and we still know bugger all

rs

I think they need to get some more questions in

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

This reads to me that Senator Perchard and Deputy Power were showing political hostility towards former DCO Lenny Harper.He could have said "I don't want the job any more" and played the victim all over our accredited press. But thankfully he appears too professional to pull that kind of stunt.

As for JAR/6 I have repeatedly asked ILM how it turned into coconut after being a child's skull and he repeatedly hasn't told me. The last thing he told me is that all will be revealed in the Wiltshire Report, and guess what.............? It wasn't!

GeeGee said...

Yes Rico - ILM is very good at not replying, which as a States Member shows both arrogance and rudeness towards the electorate, maybe even ignorance, but I find it hard to believe that he does not know an awful lot more than he cares to divulge.

One very simple answer would be to test this piece of evidence for traces of collagen. If it were bone collagen would show. It is blatantly clear that this would have been undertaken initially?

Keep probing Rico.

Anonymous said...

A question for Lenny Harper:
February 23rd 2008, the day that LGC anthropologist Julie Roberts, found the "degraded fragment of bone thought to be human skull, probably from a child". Lenny you heard from her about this "skull" fragment on that day, but did you see it on that day and if you did did you measure it and photograph it?
Also what happened to the sawn,fleshed and chard bones which you talked about?

Anonymous said...

Yes I did see it that day. Julie was of the view it was a pice of human juvenile skull and even told us which part of the skull it was from. It was measured. I am certain it was photographed although I wasn't there when it was done. Julie Roberts certainly kept the records of the piece as she was able to compare on its return and made the comments that it had changed colour shape and appearance. The "fleshed and fresh" (when burnt and buried) human juvenile bones as described by the Sheffield Anthropologist were then sent for dating by carbon method. It was those that brought about the contradictory dating, with some of them showing death as over three hundred years ago, and some of them possibly as recently as 1960. These findings led to me giving all the media interviews in July 2008 in which I said that there could be NO murder enquiry whilst the evidence was so confusing. ILM and all in his bedraggled camp seem to have forgotten these interviews although I noticed that Graham Power tried to remind them during the farcial process of his dubious suspension. Lenny Harper

Anonymous said...

I was talking to a very dear old lady the other day about the item turning into a coconut. She is 97 years old but still very much on the ball. I told her that the item had been identified by staff at Kew Gardens as coconut dating back to the Victorian Era. Oh my dear she said, I can remember when they first started importing banana’s and oranges to Jersey not long before the 2nd world war. These were a real treat and sadly only for those who were well off! She went on to say that they did not start importing coconuts to the island until much later on. Now correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the Victorian Era during the period 1837 to 1901, much earlier than the time coconuts started to be imported to Jersey?

voiceforchildren said...

Lenny.

Let's not forget the teeth. This is what Gradwell and Warcup had to say about them on their press release.

Press Release Operation Rectangle
Wednesday 12 November 2008

Teeth
There are 65 teeth found in the floor voids and 1 elsewhere. They are milk teeth coming from at least 10 people - up to a maximum of 65 people. Around 45 of the teeth originate from children aged 9 to 12 yrs and 20 from the range 6 to 8 years.
There is wear on some of the teeth; these teeth generally have the appearance of being shed naturally.
It is possible for more tests to be done on the teeth to clarify age and other factors.

They didn't mention that some of the teeth could NOT have been shed naturally. Furthermore although they said "It is possible for more tests to be done on the teeth to clarify age and other factors." All we've had since is they were left out for the tooth fairy, or they fell out of children's mouths and slipped through a gap in the floorboards! That's more tests??????

voiceforchildren said...

Some more "facts" and "evidence".

JAR/30: 3-4; 1940s to 1980s. Two fragments of burnt bone one is fragment of longbone? Tibia. Submitted to University of Sheffield with KSH/158. Origin confirmed as human. Submitted for dating awaiting results.

JAR/33: 3-4; 1940s to 1980’s.
Calcined fragment of bone. ?human.

JAR/53: 183. Cellar 3 Dark char rich deposit equivalent to 169.
4 / 5: 1960s to present date.
5 fragments of calcined long bone ?human.

JAR/54: 183. Cellar 3 Dark char rich deposit equivalent to 169.
4 / 5: 1960s to present date.
4 fragments of calcined bone ?human.

JAR/55: 183. Cellar 3 Dark char rich deposit equivalent to 169.
4 / 5: 1960s to present date.
1 fragment of calcined bone ?human.

JAR/57:183. Cellar 3 Dark char rich deposit equivalent to 169.
4 / 5: 1960s to present date.
2 fragments of bone of unknown origin.

JAR/56: 183. Cellar 3 Dark char rich deposit equivalent to 169.
4 / 5: 1960s to present date.
1 fragment of bone ?human.

Anonymous said...

ILM has told someone very recently that the teeth did not have roots on? What the hell is going on and who is feeding him with this crap??

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

For those of your readers that are interested in "facts" and "evidence" I would like to point them, and yourself, to a posting you published on VFP some time ago.

Out of everything that is said in that "summary" this sentence will haunt me for a long time to come. To all the "abuse deniers" out there, this sentence sends shivers down the spine of all people who actually have one.

"The forensic team also provided a detailed photographic record of the search including written evidence from the wall of the south west wing toilets which tends to support abuse allegations.
“ *** ** **** RAPED HERE 17/9/76 WHO WILL SAVE US".

Chilling just chilling.

GeeGee said...

“ *** ** **** RAPED HERE 17/9/76 WHO WILL SAVE US".

Chilling indeed, and enough to make any decent thinking person realise that far from giving up the fight, it will continue until some form of justice and closure is achieved for this poor soul and others who were in a similar predicament.

Time spans, and other weak reasons given for not pursuing this to its ultimate end will not deter from finding out the truth.

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Anonymous said...

A question for Lenny Harper:

Do you still have contact with Vicky Coupland, Julie Roberts, Karl Harrison, or Martin Grime?

If not why not? If you do what do they have to say or don't/won't say?

rico sorda said...

This Fight Goes on

I think we have been concentrating on the wrong person these past couple of weeks and all will be explained soon.

The blog and comments are just a small part of what is going on, the real work is done behind the scenes and takes a lot of time. It is for this reason I have sacked Anonymous.

There are times when Im tired but we carry on, I don't need a Jaffa crowding my space. There are so many questions that need answering, loads, and our media ask nothing.

Look at Freddy, I say let him build his Financial Palace, we have one hand left at the table, nothing in the way of reserves, lets go for it. Lets also turn St Ouen into a concrete jungle, dunes are so yesterday.

Our Muppets are out of control

The Island is wallowing in its Greed

Child Abuse is covered up

Sodem & Gamorrah

The fight goes on

Anonymous said...

“ *** ** **** RAPED HERE 17/9/76 WHO WILL SAVE US"

If the person that inscripted this sentence is reading this blog
I will fight for justice for you. There are a lot of people out there that will carry on the fight until you get the justice you should have had years ago.