Evidence presented to Jersey’s Independent Care Inquiry could be ‘fabricated’, according to a former Home Affairs Minister.
Deputy Andrew Lewis is giving evidence in front of the panel today.
He was the man who suspended Police Chief Graham Power in 2008, over concerns about the management of Operation Rectangle – the investigation into historical child abuse.
Deputy Lewis was shown a note, apparently made after a meeting with his predecessor, Wendy Kinnard when he was Assistant Home Affairs Mininster, which stated that they discussed suspending Graham Power – weeks before Deputy Lewis said it was first mentioned to him.
He claimed the meeting was an informal one, discussing an upcoming change in the law, which would make it easier for prosecutors to bring those accused of child abuse to court, but that isn’t mentioned in the note at all.
Deputy Lewis told the panel that the note must have not been written until years later and should not be used as evidence.
Yesterday as she gave evidence herself, Ms Kinnard said the note was written by her husband, Christopher Harris, that night, because she wanted to make a record of what was discussed, but was in a rush to go out for the evening.
But Deputy Lewis said the handwriting wasn’t scruffy enough to be hastily written.