Below is an email I have sent Senator Le Marquand asking him to answer the question raised my Deputy T Pitman today during Questions without Answers.
Dear Senator Le Marquand
During questions without notice today you were asked a question from Deputy T Pitman about an investigation by South Yorkshire Police S/Y. The Investigation by S/Y Police, was I believe, into the conduct of newly promoted superintendent Andre Bonjour. Here are some extracts from former retired DSO Lenny Harpers affidavit.
As you can imagine the allegations are very serious in nature. There are far more details to this. I believe this will give you an idea as to what Deputy Pitman was referring to.
There has always been allegations of the 'SOJP' not pursuing allegations of abuse in the past. Im in no way suggesting that Mr Bonjour is guilty of any wrong doing or is guilty of any of the allegations labeled at him but in light of his recent promotion and the run up to the forthcoming Committee of Enquiry I believe it is of paramount importance that we know that S/Y Police fully vindicated Mr Bonjour of any wrong doing.
Superintendent Bonjour is also listed as sitting on the Jersey Child Protection Committee (JCPC). It goes without saying that there cant be any unanswered questions concerning his good character
I believe there is reference to this in Graham Powers sworn statement to Wiltshire. The report was concluded when David Warcup was DCO and he informed Mr Power that it was a "career changing event" for the officer concerned.
The reason for this email Senator is simple. No one likes to ask difficult questions. Not the majority of our elected politicians nor any of our State owned Media. These questions must be asked and full honest answers given. The issues are far to serious not to be addressed.
Deputy Pitman was right to ask you this today in the States.
Truth, Honest & Integrity
From paragraph 64:
“For some time, Legal Advisor Laurence O’Donnell and I had been concerned at the difficulty in prosecuting paedophiles in cases of historic abuse. This had been exacerbated by difficulties over the case of Paul Every, who was the commanding officer of the Jersey Sea Cadets and who was also a senior civil servant in the Chief Minister’s office. He was arrested as part of the national “Operation Ore” where the FBI had netted thousands of suspects who had used their credit cards to pay for Internet sites involving child pornography. He was one of a number of senior Sea Cadet officers arrested for serious sexual crimes against children. After his arrest he had not been suspended from Sea Cadet activities and because of my concerns for the safety of the children involved, I disclosed the information about his arrest to the Sea Cadet authorities. Among the sites he had searched on his computer were a number involving “naked sea cadets” and other child pornography sites. The Sea Cadet authorities in Jersey were not responsive, telling me that a man “is innocent until proven guilty.” I eventually had to go to London and threaten to stand at the gates of the Sea Cadet HQ and disclose to individual parents before they took action.”
From paragraph 65:
“The concerns led us in 2006 to start looking at cases which had been brought. Early on I became worried about one case where a retired senior police officer (Chief Inspector de la Haye) was implicated in passing information to paedophiles about a police investigation but did not appear to have been interviewed. It appeared that billing had been carried out on his telephones but had revealed nothing further. I was still uneasy and asked the investigating officer why de la Haye had not even been interviewed. She told me that she had been instructed not to by the then head of CID, Chief Inspector Bonjour. This was even more of a concern than it would have normally been as the Head of CID was also an officer in the Jersey Sea Cadets.”
From paragraph 72:
“The report was submitted to CI Bonjour who was also the officer who had prevented de la Haye from being interviewed as mentioned earlier. However, nothing ever materialised from Mr Bonjour and the officer had heard nothing. Eventually an enquiry was carried out by South Yorkshire Police into the allegations against the Head of CID but it was still pending when I retired.”