• Dylan Voller before the Royal Commission giving evidence earlier this year. (ROYAL COMMISSION)
The Northern Territory Royal Commission into Youth Justice heard today a youth justice officer denied Voller a request for a toilet break during a five hundred kilometre car transfer from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek.
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21 Apr 2017 - 4:42 PM  UPDATED 21 Apr 2017 - 4:47 PM

The treatment of detainees during transportation was scrutinised at today's hearing of the Northern Territory Royal Commission into Youth Justice.

Counsel representing former inmate, Dylan Voller, heard how a youth justice officer denied him a request for a toilet break during a five hundred kilometre car transfer from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek.

The officer transporting Voller, Bruce Evans, first pulled into the Titree police station, but the facility was closed.

Nearing the outskirts of Tennant Creek, Mr Voller was released for a toilet break. It was then when Mr Evans realised Dylan had defecated into his own shirt.

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Meanwhile, the Northern Territory Government has released a review of security arrangements at the controversial facility, and says

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Northern Territory's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

It will move on the operational and infrastructure improvement as a "matter of priority".

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield says the number of escapes at Don Dale in recent months is unacceptable and highlights the urgent need to address security issues.

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She says both the physical centre and the nature of its young detainees have changed since then, with detainees now more likely to be "bigger" and facing longer sentences.

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