February 12, 2018

Young Indigenous client sues police for false arrest and unlawful imprisonment: DG

Young Indigenous client arrested

DG was a young Indigenous Australian man from an island north of Darwin. He travelled to Darwin to visit family and on his way home went to Woolworths to purchase some alcohol.

Upon exiting, there was a commotion amongst several other Indigenous Australian people from a different community just outside the Woolworths, and police attended to break up the dispute. DG was more than 20 metres away from the group walking in a different direction, but the police chased after him and arrested him.

DG arrested and kept in custody for one month

DG was then taken to a police station and charged. He was kept in custody for a month before having his charges heard in the Local Court and dismissed by the magistrate. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors assisted DG in successfully suing the Northern Territory police for false arrest and unlawful imprisonment. The matter was settled out of Court, with an outcome in favour of DG.