Jersey care home couple sentenced


Anthony and Morag Jordan face sentencing for assaults on children at the Haut de la Garenne home on Jersey

A married couple are due to be sentenced for a string of physical assaults against vulnerable children at a care home in the 1970s and 1980s.

Morag and Anthony Jordan, both 62, from Kirriemuir, Angus, were found guilty in November last year of eight separate counts relating to abuse at the Haut de la Garenne home in Jersey.

After more than eight hours’ deliberation, a jury at the Royal Court of Jersey acquitted Mrs Jordan of a further 28 counts and Mr Jordan of four.

During the two-week trial, Mr and Mrs Jordan 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 multimillion-pound police investigation into suspected abuse at Haut de la Garenne.

Morag Jordan, originally from Dundee, was employed by the care home as a housemother between 1970 and 1984. She was convicted of charges relating to assaults on four children who stayed at the home. One had her face pushed into urine-soaked sheets after she wet the bed.

In November last year the jury also acquitted Mrs Jordan of other offences alleged by a witness, such as being force-fed and being pulled around by the ears.

They also rejected accusations by witnesses relating to other children having their faces rubbed in puddles of urine. They did, however, convict Mrs Jordan of hitting former 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 former 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.

The couple will be sentenced at the Royal Court of Jersey.

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