Two boys who suffered abuses at Darwin’s Don Dale juvenile detention center now are counter-suing by The Northern Territory government
The Northern Territory government in Australia started a suit against two boys who were allegedly abused at the Don Dale detention centre for more than $200,000. The boys damaged the detention centre in two escape attempts in the 12-months after being teargassed in August 2014.
Shortly, after the footage of a boy hooded and restrained in detention was shown on TV, The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention.
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Than all six boys, who suffered in teargassing incident, have filed suits against the NT government for their treatment at Don Dale, where they also were handcuffed or shackled, amounted to battery.
The NT government has denied in all cases that it is vicariously liable for the actions of corrections officers. It also counter-suited two inmates who, as it says, caused serious damage to the centre.
According to the ABC report, authorities say that the boys caused the damage, costing A$89,000 when “participated in a riot and attempted escape” on 31 May 2015. The damage includes holes to the ceiling and walls, damaged furniture, graffiti on the walls, destroyed computers and the corridor being flooded by a fire hose.
The additional A$74,000 is for the damage inmates caused when they rammed it into a garage door at the center on a stolen car.
The boys' lawyer has argued his clients would not have tried to escape if they were not being teargassed, hooded, handcuffed and shackled. He said it was all because the "poor and restrictive conditions."