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Jersey pair guilty of abuse at children's home

A married couple were convicted yesterday 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 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.

They were arrested following a multi-million pound police probe into suspected abuse at Haut de la Garenne.

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