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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Historic child abuse inquiry. Frances Oldham QC nominated to chair and two new members appointed to serve..

Two new members to serve on child abuse inquiry

Jersey News from ITV Channel Television - haut
Haute de la Garenne

Sally Bradley QC was originally appointed to Chair this inquiry but had to withdraw due to ill health in September this year. A debate on the terms of reference for the inquiry, scheduled for January  was postponed until February.
It is now over 12 months since the States was dragged, kicking and screaming, to the decision to actually hold an inquiry into child abuse in any case. Since then, prevarication, delay and obstructions have littered the progress of this inquiry and even today, there is no real sign as to when (if at all) the date will be set for commencement.
The whole affair of historic child abuse in Jersey contains a catalogue of establishment endeavors to delay any investigation, presumably in the hope that the matter will go away, or at least that the facts will be clouded and obscured by the mists of time.The occasional announcement in respect of inquiry membership or some other minor details, does not deflect from the fact that this inquiry has been delayed for far too long.
A further attempt to postpone the start is totally unacceptable.