A teenager who was tear-gassed, spit hooded and shackled to a restraint chair in the Northern Territory’s youth prison system says he was regularly “punished” by not being given access to food, water and toilets.

Dylan Voller, who featured in a damning ABC 4 Corners report revealing mistreatment of youth in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, attended the Royal Commission today.

The now 19-year-old told the inquiry he was refused the use of a toilet at the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.


Voller also told the Royal Commission a portion of money detainees earned each day through good behaviour was withheld as rent to stay in Don Dale.


Among accusations against up to 31 guards include transportation in the back of a car without windows or air-conditioning for long distances and leaving cell lights on all night.