Detainee dies at Sydney's Villawood detention centre

A male detainee has died at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

Australian Border Force has confirmed a male detainee died in Villawood detention centre earlier on Friday. 

An investigation is underway as to the cause of death. 

"We express our condolences to the man’s family and friends," a spokesperson from Border Force said.

"The matter has been referred for investigation by appropriate agencies, including the NSW Coroner."

A detainee in Villawood said the death has triggered chaos in the centre, with detainees confronting officers. 

Video posted on Facebook purportedly from within the centre shows officers trying to contain a group of detainees. 

The deceased male detainee is believed to be from an African nation. He was detained in Mitchell compound, where the death is believed to have occurred shortly before 6.30pm Friday.

NSW Police said preliminary investigation suggested the death was not suspicious.

Detainees in the centre have claimed the male detainee took his own life after receiving a visit from Border Force officials who told him he would be returned to his home country. 

Refugee Action Coalition Ian Rintoul said the detainee's death was "unnecessary".

"This is a completely shocking and unnecessary death; the responsibility for which lies with the Minister. It was the Minister for Immigration and Home Affairs who was keeping him in detention. The responsibility for his death lies with the Minister," he said.

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Published 25 January 2019 at 9:14pm, updated 25 January 2019 at 9:37pm
Source: SBS News