Boy’s confinement ‘breached human rights’

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The human rights of a 16-year-old boy were breached by his being kept in solitary confinement for four-and-a-half months, the High Court has ruled.

The High Court said the boy – referred to as AB – was unlawfully denied access to education and the ability to mix with other inmates.

But it rejected claims his treatment at Feltham Young Offenders Institution in London was “inhuman and degrading”.

Justice Secretary Liz Truss was contesting the legal challenge by AB.

The teenager, who has “significant” mental health problems, was detained alone in his cell for 23-and-a-half hours a day, the court heard.

AB’s lawyer said the confinement amounted to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” and should not have been allowed.

Lawyers acting for Ms Truss admitted there had been “procedural errors” in the teenager’s case, who was detained in December 2016, but denied these claims – saying that he posed a “real risk” to discipline at Feltham.

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