MAD v Commonwealth of Australia – Successful claim for assault and battery

Facts: Army Apprentice School junior sexually abused

MAD was a junior apprentice in the Australian Army during the 1970s. He was only 16 years of age.

During the course of the Plaintiff’s employment within the army, MAD suffered numerous instances of child sexual abuse by senior apprentices, staff and officers who operated the Army Apprentice School. MAD suffered from child physical abuse at the hands of his senior colleagues on many occasions. For instance, senior recruits held down the Plaintiff on his bed and a large senior recruit dived onto MAD, damaging his back.


O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors commenced civil action against the Commonwealth of Australia for assault and battery committed by other army personnel. The matter was settled via mediation and MAD received significant compensation.

If you have want to sue Governmental authorities for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution or assault, battery or brutality, contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with our civil lawyers.

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