The alleged victims of the Jersey child abuse inquiry cannot expect justice, reveals the detective at the centre of the case (18.4.09)

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Daily Mail, 18th April 2009

by Eileen Fairweather

A grandchild’s plea halts the former detective’s jaw-dropping tale of depravity and corruption midflow. ‘I’ve left my daughter’s boy hosing moss off the patio,’ Lenny Harper explains after he puts down his mobile phone. ‘The lad’s having such a good time, he wants me to go home and join in.’

Harper, 57, who initiated the controversial Jersey child abuse inquiry, could be forgiven for putting the investigation behind him and, after 35 years of police work, embracing retirement.

He and his wife Christina help look after two grandchildren, aged five and eight. The couple’s youngest daughter was widowed six years ago when her husband, the commanding officer of the Royal Military Police in Iraq, was killed in Basra.

But despite family demands – or perhaps because of them – Harper is now speaking for the first time about his experiences on Jersey…

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