Three intellectually disabled men are suing the Government for upwards of $100,000 each, alleging ill treatment such as warehousing, neglect and discrimination in forensic health facilities.
The three “special patients” will have their case heard in the High Court at Wellington this week, with five defendants including the Attorney-General and two district health boards accused of various human rights abuses.
All the defendants deny the claims. The men are likely to get name suppression and will not appear in court.
They have provided video statements to police interviewers.
The case, in which the men are seeking declarations of ill treatment and compensation from the Government, follows Herald investigations into conditions at secure health and disability sites this year.
These included the case of Ashley Peacock, a 38-year-old autistic man held for five years in the isolated ward of a mental health unit, and who has experienced periods of prolonged seclusion, the medical term for solitary confinement.
His living conditions – he sleeps in a seclusion room with just a mattress and a urine bottle – were recently labelled “cruel, inhuman or degrading” by Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.
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