WA premier Mark McGowan defends decision to shackle youth detainees during move from Banksia Hill to Casuarina

Western Australia’s Premier has defended the use of shackles to restrain boys being transferred from youth detention to an adult prison.

A group of 17 youths were last week moved from Perth’s Banksia Hill detention centre to a standalone facility at the nearby Casuarina maximum-security prison.

Officials say the boys, aged as young as 14 and mostly Indigenous, have been destroying property, escaping from their cells, assaulting staff and harming themselves.

No timeline has been set for their return.

Family members have revealed the boys were chained by their hands and feet when they were relocated on a bus.

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