Don Dale: Teenagers tear-gassed at youth detention centre win civil suit against NT Government

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Four teenagers who were tear-gassed at Darwin’s Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in 2014 have won a civil lawsuit against the NT Government over their mistreatment.

Justice Judith Kelly awarded $53,000 in total damages to the teenagers — three received $12,000 each, and one received $17,000.

The group filed the action against the Government at the end of last year over an incident in August 2014 when the four were tear-gassed while guards tried to subdue a fellow detainee, Jake Roper.

The children were locked in their cells in the Behavioural Management Unit at the old Don Dale centre when the gas was sprayed into the area to overcome Roper, who had escaped his cell but was still in a secure area.

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This post originally appeared on ABC News.


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