BDO Alto 16
The search for answers
The 1st meeting of the Scrutiny Sub Panel
Today was the first time that one of the main police officers involved in Operation Rectangle has been able to give evidence to a public hearing. Former SIO Lenny Harper gave evidence via a conference call which lasted for a good hour and a half . The room was packed with members of the public and the local main stream media. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife there was complete and utter silence during the whole hearing. I must praise the Scrutiny Sub Panel, they kept the questioning tight and to the point. Very rarely did they stray from the TOR's .When you think of how big the whole Child Abuse Scandal is this was no mean feat. I have had the opportunity of listening back to the Video & Audio of the hearing.
We must not get distracted by what is put out by the MSM. They have made their bed concerning the HCAE and must now lie in it. How can they now go against the stuff they have been peddling for the last 3 years? it wont happen.
The evidence is what counts - today there was loads of it
Mr Harper talked a lot about the make up of the police force concerning financial matters and other issues. I don't want to quote anything from todays hearing until the transcripts are up online. The reason for this is simple, its very easy to misquote someone. But, having said that, one quote did catch my attention. The chairman of the Sub Panel Deputy Pitman said that he and his Scrutiny Officer had had a meeting with BDO Alto. When asked why they hadn't contacted Lenny Harper BDO had replied that they had wanted to but had been blocked by the former Acting Police Chief David Warcup.
As you can imagine that raises a whole host of other serious issues
The BDO report was commissioned by the Home Affairs Minister and the Accounting Officer with agreed terms of reference (page 4 bdo)
Why is David Warcup telling BDO what they can or cant do?
There seems to be a serious issue of who was in control of this report. Is it David Warcup? is it the Home Affairs Minister? Is it the Accounting Officer? On page 4 of the report it states:
"BDO has work alongside Mr Michael Kellett in performing this Review. Mr Kellett is a former SIO serving in the UK. He has been separately engaged by the Acting Chief Officer (David Warcup), SOJP, however this Report represents the joint findings of Mr Kellett and BDO. There is more that can be found on page 4"
Now remember what David Rose said:
Dave Warcup, Jersey's acting chief police officer, told The Mail on Sunday that he had appointed an independent team of auditors to examine Harper's spending. It includes two forensic accountants and a police expert in seizing criminals' assets.
The team's interim report, seen by this newspaper, reveals that Grime was paid £750 a day for the first seven days he spent on the island and £650 a day for the following 136 days.
So far we have the Home Affairs Minister telling us that he believes that Mick Gradwell leaked the BDO Draft Report to David Rose
We have BDO telling us that David Warcup blocked them from interviewing Lenny Harper
Who gave BDO Lenny Harpers confidential Wiltshire Statement?
It is now up to the Home Affairs Minister and BDO to clear up all the serious issues relating to their report