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Voller to give evidence at NT commission

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016

The teenager whose treatment at the Darwin's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre sparked the Northern Territory child detention royal commission is due to give evidence at a closed session.

Dylan Voller will on Monday be taken from the Darwin Correctional Centre to the Darwin Supreme Court to speak at the inquiry, which will also hear from Antoinette Carroll, a youth justice advocate who worked with the 19-year-old for seven years.

The royal commission comes after footage screened in July showed Mr Voller and five other youths being tear-gassed and spit hooded at the Don Dale Centre.

Vision of Mr Voller strapped to a chair wearing a hood while in the notorious detention centre shocked many when they were screened by ABC's Four Corners

"Dylan Voller, a key witness to the royal commission ... will tell his story about his experiences in youth detention," a spokeswoman said in a statement on Sunday.

The court will be closed, however Mr Voller's evidence is expected to be streamed online.

His evidence comes after the NT government lost a bid to delay further witnesses and other youths from Don Dale are expected to also give evidence.

According to his lawyer Peter O'Brien, Mr Voller has been eager to voice his version of events since the inquiry was announced on July 28.

Both Mr O'Brien and Mr Voller's mother, Joanne, say he is concerned about giving evidence while still in custody and fears repercussions from prison guards.

"I have never seen my son so scared in all of his life," Joanne Voller said after visiting her son on Tuesday.

Mr Voller's family has repeatedly called for his release from prison so he can speak freely before the commission.

He has also previously requested a transfer to Alice Springs prison.

But his mother says that prison guards in Darwin have told him that going to Alice Springs would "increase his chances of getting bashed" because of its lack of CCTV cameras.

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