MEDIA RELEASE 3/9 | UPDATE: DETAINEE ATTEMPTS SUICIDES IN YONGAH HILL. FALCON COMPOUND DAMAGED BY FIRE

A 22 year-old Iraqi (not Morrocan as earlier reported) detainee has attempted suicide in Yongah Hill detention centre outside Perth.

The man was found in his cell at around 5.30pm Western Australia time.

WA police say that the man is still alive, but it is understood that his condition is critical.

The man has a history of mental distress – and is understood to have made two suicide attempts last week. He had been transferred to Yongah Hill from Villawood a couple of months ago.

He made another attempt cutting his wrists yesterday morning (Sunday, 1 September) and was taken to hospital. But he was returned to Yongah Hill early in the afternoon being told that “it was not serious”.

A few hours later he was found hanging from his bed. It was widely believed that the man was dead.

Detainees in Yongah Hill are angry, saying that his pleas for help were ignored, and that he was treated like “a piece of rubbish.”

“This is a shocking story,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition, “There was more than warning. He should not have been in Yongah Hill. He needed mental health assistance, and got nothing. He is a victim of neglect. He is a victim of detention.”

It is understood that there is no medical support at Yongah Hill on weekends.

Falcon compound has been significantly damaged by fires that broke in the aftermath of the man’s attempted suicide.

One hundred and fifty detainees from Falcon compound were handcuffed and held in the open in the early hours of this morning, Monday 2 September.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713