Canberra prisoner prompts secrecy debate
Former Canberra inmate Peter Hine’s claim that he was mistreated by fellow inmates at the NSW penitentiary during a time of mental illness is a matter of controversy, writes Scott Sheehan.
Mr Hine was diagnosed with a severe form of schizophrenia when he was just 17.
He said some of the worst mistreatment was during his time at the Penitentiary, including being locked in a room with men who beat him with wooden sticks and forcing him to ea우리카지노t the ashes of rats.
In a court appearance last year, Mr Hine testified that gospelhitzhe was not given the choice of which prison he served in.
“After seven or eight years, in 1996, they got me out of the penitentiary and sent me out as a new prisoner. I was at that time going to the Federal Detention Centre,” he told the court.
“I took a small walk, but nothing like to get into people’s heads and try to tell them they’re wrong and make them take it off their hands and take it off the whole world.”
Mr Hine was moved from his home in Westmead to the Penitentiary in 1995, but the two never spoke again, despite the fact Mr Hine was living alone in the penitentiary on a remand basis until early 2006.
When his release from the penitentiary was proposed in September 2005, Mr Hine’s lawyer told the court that Mr Hine was in a healthy and functioning state prior to his arrival, with mental health support.
Mr Hine also testified at the hearing that several years before his arrival, he had “struggled and tried” to escape from the prison with a friend.
“That’s how they took me. They took me in and didn’t let me get out. That’s what I experienced,” he said in relation to the time Mr Hine spent in a cell with inmates.
Mr Hine’s father died when Mr Hine was 15 and he was forced to leave home.
“So for six years, I just kept fighting to get out of here,” he said.
During the course of his evidence, the 26-year-old said he was a victim of s우리카지노exual assault while in detention, but there was no evidence he was subjected to such abuse prior to the day of the incident.
The court heard the day after the assault occurred, a member of staff alerted guards about Mr Hin