Voller outlines NT justice system horrors

Lucy Hughes Jones
The teenager whose treatment sparked the NT child detention royal commission is due to give evidence

NT youth denied food, water, toilet access

The teenager whose treatment sparked the NT child detention royal commission is due to give evidence

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)