THE piece of ‘child’s skull’ found at Haut de la Garenne in February may be a piece of wood.
Police were told this by forensic experts around six weeks ago but decided not to release the information because it had already been ruled out of the investigation into child abuse allegations and they were worried that news of the development would distract people from the inquiry.
There are now political concerns that investigating officers allowed Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinnard to mislead the States when she confirmed to Members last month that the find, which sparked a world media frenzy severely damaging to Jersey’s reputation, was the remains of a child.
It has now emerged that the States police knew at the beginning of April that the ‘remains of a child’ found at Haut de la Garenne in February were unlikely to be bone, let alone that of a child.
The officer leading the inquiry, deputy police chief Lenny Harper, said that he had made the judgment not to inform the public that UK scientists had major doubts as the fragment was by then no longer part of the investigation.