Tuesday, October 25, 2011



BDO Alto

The Final Phase before release

I will be focusing on the BDO Review as it enters into it's final phase before release. This is a very important review as it has been a very long process with certain key individuals giving evidence. 

Everyone has been able to have their say, except for former D/Superintendent Mick Gradwell who simply refused, or in my own very humble opinion, simply ran away.

What has been brought up during this review is the one sided  reporting of the Jersey State Controlled Media. This has also been highlighted during this election when the JEP ran Sir Philips election campaign. 

This will blogged on over the coming weeks and months 


Funny how the JEP, the only Jersey Paper, backed the man who gave us that horrendous liberation day speech in 2008. 

The findings of this report could have a huge significance for the forthcoming Committee of Enquiry & for all the Jersey Abuse Victims. Here is one simple reason why.

In August 2008 D/Superintendant Mick Gradwell took over as the SIO of the Jersey Historic Abuse Enquiry. This man was leaking information to Daily Mail Journalist David Rose - During a Live Enquiry.  This is not hearsay but FACT.  We all know the History surrounding David Rose. Mick Gradwell refused to give evidence. As Doctor Watson would say "No Sh*t Sherlock".

Will Gradwell come back and explain this to a Committee of Enquiry?

There are many other serious points that have come up during the hearings


I look forward to their report

The last hearing is this Friday





25th October 2011 



Education and Home Affairs Sub Panel 


Review issues surrounding the BDO Alto report on Financial Management of Operation Rectangle 


Mr. Graham Power has agreed to give further evidence to the Scrutiny Sub Panel on Friday 

morning. This will take place via a conference call in the Blampied room commencing at 11am. 


The Sub Panel contacted Mr. Power and asked him if he would be willing to provide a copy of his statement to Wiltshire as it was believed that it contained information relevant to a full understanding of the overall background and context  in which financial decisions were taken. Mr. Power agreed to this request on the basis that evidence supplied to Scrutiny is privileged under article 8 of the States of Jersey (Powers, Privileges and Immunities) Scrutiny Panels, PAC and Privileges and Procedures Committee) (Jersey) Regulations 2006.  

The Sub Panel has received the document on a confidential basis and will not publish the unredacted statement as evidence as it contains names of individuals and information which is not relevant to the Scrutiny enquiry. However, members will be able to refer to the statement in their questions to Mr. Power. 


The Sub Panel intends to finalise its report and to present its report to the States in the second week of November, before the end of the current States Assembly. 




Notes to editors: 

The following terms of reference have been agreed for this review 

To examine the instructions under which BDO Alto was engaged to review the financial management of Operation Rectangle and their methods for gathering evidence for this review; 

To clarify the connection between the BDO Alto review and the review on the same matter separately commissioned by the Acting Chief Officer of Police; 

To identify the reasons why the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Rectangle was not interviewed by BDO Alto and was not given the opportunity to respond to the report’s findings; 

To clarify the liaison between BDO Alto and the Wiltshire Police, in particular the eferences in the BDO Alto report to the Senior Investigating Officer’s statements to Wiltshire Police; 

To investigate how details of the review into the financial management of Operation Rectangle came to be published in a national newspaper in October 2009; and 

To consider the implications of the Sub Panel’s findings. 



Anonymous said...

thanks for the update Rico

Ian Evans said...

Will see you there mate :)

voiceforchildren said...


Will be interesting to see how the State Media (don't) report this.

Jon Gripton, Editor of BBC Jersey was given Graham Power's statement to Wiltshire WEEKS AGO. He doesn't seem in any kind of a hurry to secure the BBC an exclusive!

Anonymous said...

This should be very interesting!

Look forward to the finalised report after the hearing of the contents of Mr Power's statement to Wiltshire.

Hope you can attend Rico along with VFC - just sorry I can't be there.

Anonymous said...

Big Trev Pitman has been given a huge mandate by his constituents to carry on this vital work. Don't let us down Trevor.

Anonymous said...


Will Joe Public be allowed to see the answers to these 6 questions/ToR?

Anonymous said...

If Bailhache becomes chief minister will be involved in the Committee of enquiry? He is so conflicted he shouldn't have anything to do with it. If they are looking into the law office then what about bailhache seeing as he was bailiff at the time. Rico this is becoming an even bigger joke. They always win.

Anonymous said...

The three Senators putting their names forward for Chief Minister (Le Marquand, Gorst and Ozouf), all voted against Senator Le Greasly's Committee of enquiry....

No need to ask how Bailhache would have voted, if he had been a States member at the time?!

rico sorda said...

The Review will be online once it is completed. It will be very interesting what line Sir Philip will be taking once the Committee off Enquiry Tor's come back to the house. The man is so heavily conflicted with anything to do with the Child Abuse Investigation that he will have to excuse himself from any forthcoming debate.


Anonymous said...

Jon Gripton, tonight on twitter:

@griptonfactor Jon Gripton
We have an interesting development on the Haut de la Garenne abuse story in the BBC Radio Jersey breakfast show from 7am Friday. @bbcjersey

What, has he been reading some evidence or something?

Anonymous said...

@griptonfactor Jon Gripton
We have an interesting development on the Haut de la Garenne abuse story in the BBC Radio Jersey breakfast show from 7am Friday. @bbcjersey

It certainly is interesting. ANother attempt is therefore under way to get a local matter sorted out in another british jurisdiction. Should be interesting to see if they like Stuart, are told to go away until they have exhausted all local means.

Ian Evans said...


Anonymous said...

Deputy Pitman spoke really well on BBC Jersey this morning. He was on about the BDO review. It was at 7.30 if anyone wants to listen back.

voiceforchildren said...


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