The Northern Territory Government is claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars from two boys who were tear-gassed by prison guards at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, saying they caused more than $160,000 in damage during a breakout.
The boys, whose names have been suppressed by the Northern Territory Supreme Court, lodged papers in June this year seeking damages for alleged mistreatment at the hands of staff at the facility.
But the NT Government’s response, filed on July 4, is seeking damages for an escape attempt in which the two boys stole a car, before using it to ram a roller-door and re-enter the prison.
The Government claims the two boys escaped from Don Dale on May 31, 2015, causing $89,000 in damage.
It says they caused $74,025.60 damage when they rammed a roller-door at the prison using a stolen car on the following day.
The Government also says one of the boys caused $45,320 in an earlier escape attempt on February 24, 2015, when he stole a vehicle and drove at speed into an internal perimeter fence.
The claim says the boys interfered with locking mechanisms, made holes in ceilings and walls, damaged lights and CCTV camera, forced open doors causing damaged, destroyed furniture, drew graffiti, damaged electronics and computers, spread paint on walls, floors and a security camera, and used a fire hose to flood rooms and corridors.
The NT Government is seeking damages with interest and legal costs.