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Voller outlines NT justice system horrors

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

LIFE INSIDE NT'S YOUTH PRISONS, ACCORDING TO DYLAN VOLLER:

* Spit hooded and shackled to restraint chair for three hours, despite vomiting and wetting himself

* Tear gassed alongside five other inmates after one escaped from solitary confinement and began trashing an exercise yard.

* Starved by guards, denied access to water as "punishment" for bad behaviour

* Forced to defecate into a pillowcase after an officer refused to take him to the toilet for up to five hours

* Regularly strip-searched from age 11: after family visits, court and hospital trips and during one period after every toilet break

* Placed in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day, sometimes for weeks on end

* Left in a cell overnight with no mattress, sheets or clothes in cold conditions

* Deprived of sleep by guards who left lights on all night

* Handcuffed in the back of a hot prison van during a 1500km transfer from Alice Springs to Darwin. Denied bathroom stops and was forced to defecate in his shirt, while the guards' cigarette smoke made him vomit from nausea.

* Attempted self harm on several occasions by cutting wrists, trying to choke himself with sheets and seatbelts

(Source: Dylan Voller's witness testimony to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory)

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