Morag and Anthony Jordan Jailed: Haut De La Garenne And Hollie Greig
FINALLY Morag and Anthony Jordan have been jailed for their “casual and routine violence” against children. The callous couple abused children at the Haut de la Garenne residential care home on Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s.
Morag and Anthony Jordan, of Kirriemuir, Angus, are both 62 – young enough for jail to matter. She got nine months jail. He got six months. The royal court of Jersey found them guilty of eight separate counts relating to abuse at the home.
Morag Jordan hit children with a wooden shoe. If they wet their beds whe would push their faces into their wet sheets. Her husband preferred to hit children with his hand and metal spoon.
In 2010, Gordon Wateridge, went up before the judge. He had also worked at the home. He was convicted of eight charges of indecent assault and one of assault against three teenage girls and one teenage boy.
In 2001, a resident called Michael Aubin was convicted of sexually abusing other boys.
The inquiry was launched by police in the island in September 2007, following allegations of abuse at the former children’s home. Officers took 1,776 statements from 192 victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers. Seven people, including the Jordans, were successfully prosecuted.
Anorak first heard of this dread place when the Madeleine McCann case was at its apogee.
In 2008, sniffer dogs found child’s bones at the home. They found a skull. Edie the Sniffer had worked on the Our Maddie case. He was said to have picked up traces of missing Madeleine McCann in the back of a car which her parents hired five weeks after she disappeared.
Police excavating the Jersey care home where part of a child’s skull was found in February have discovered two pits behind the boys’ dormitory. One was filled with lime, which is often used to try to accelerate the decomposition of soft tissues in buried remains.