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Peacock parents' release breakthrough

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017
Ashley Peacock has been kept in seclusion for more than five years © www.facebook.com/Freeashleypeacock2015 Ashley Peacock has been kept in seclusion for more than five years

The man who last year was the subject of an investigation into mental health care conditions is to be released, his parents have told the New Zealand Herald.

Last year it was revealed that Ashley Peacock, who is in his 30s and has an intellectual disability and a schizophrenic illness, had been kept in a 10sqm room of a mental health unit in Porirua, and only allowed out for 90 minutes each day.

On Wednesday, his parents, Dave and Marlena Peacock, said he would be released from a mental health unit and live in the community.

They appeared before a health select committee at Parliament on Wednesday with a petition over his treatment.

The petition was signed by 5195 people and called for the Minister of Health to have him moved urgently..

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