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Pair guilty of Jersey home assaults

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Husband and wife Anthony and Morag Jordan were convicted of a series of assaults at a children's home on Jersey

A married couple have been convicted of a string of physical assaults against vulnerable youngsters at a children’s home in the 1970s and 1980s.

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

But 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.

Both defendants remained silent as the verdicts were read but a former resident who gave evidence during the trial was led from the public gallery in tears.

Mr and Mrs Jordan, who had been arrested following a multimillion-pound police probe into suspected abuse at Haut de la Garenne, were bailed to return before the court for sentencing on January 6.

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.

Morag Jordan, originally from Dundee, was employed by the care home as a housemother between 1970 and 1984. The counts she was convicted of relate to assaults on four children who stayed at the home.

One had her face pushed into urine-soaked sheets after she had wet the bed and the woman, now in her 40s, told the court of her humiliation. “She used to pull my face into the sheets and let the other children know what I had done, called me ‘pissybed’ and ‘pissypants’,” she said.

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.

Giving evidence, a former resident recalled being hit with such force that he fell off his chair. It happened when he refused to eat a meal that had originally been served to him the previous day.

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