January 2011

Jersey care home couple jailed for assaulting children

A MARRIED couple from Angus were jailed today for a string of physical assaults against vulnerable children at a former Jersey care home.

Morag and Anthony Jordan, both 62, from Kirriemuir  were found guilty in November last year of eight separate charges relating to their time at the Haut de la Garenne care home in the 1970s and 1980s.

During the two-week trial at the Royal Court of Jersey the Jordans were accused of inflicting “casual and routine violence” while working as houseparents at the children’s home.

Prosecutors said they acted like “intimidating bullies” and had carried out “frequent and callous” assaults on vulnerable residents.

They were arrested after a multi-million pound police investigation into suspected abuse at Haut de la Garenne.

Today at the Royal Court of Jersey Mrs Jordan was jailed for nine months and her husband was jailed for six months, the court said.

They were sentenced by the trial judge Commissioner Sir Christopher Pitchers.

Some of the couple’s victims sat in the public gallery of the court to hear the sentences. Some wept as the verdicts were announced.

Morag Jordan, originally from Dundee, was employed as a housemother between 1970 and 1984. She was convicted of charges relating to assaults on four children.

One had her face pushed into urine-soaked sheets after she wet the bed. 

The couple were convicted of the charges after more than eight hours of deliberation by a jury in November last year.

Mrs Jordan was acquitted of a further 28 counts and Mr Jordan of four.

The jury cleared Mrs Jordan of allegations of force-feeding and pulling a child around by the ears.

It also rejected accusations by witnesses relating to other children having their faces rubbed in puddles of urine.

The jury did however convict Mrs Jordan of hitting residents with her hand and with a wooden shoe.

Her husband, originally from south Wales, was found guilty of common assault against two children.

Mr Jordan’s convictions relate to hitting residents with a metal spoon, a knife or with his hand.

He was acquitted of counts relating to squeezing the face of another boy and hitting him in the stomach.