VICTIMHOOD AS A CAREER

Perth Transit guards with nothing better to do with their time elect to assault a young Aboriginal man, who says he was “bashed”, called a “piece of shit” and told by officers they would “love to shoot” him. The savage unprovoked attack causing “injuries to his face, arms and body”, the unfortunate fellow eventually “coughing up blood”.

The young man on the receiving end of this supposedly unprovoked violence is Dylan Voller, who achieved fame as a result of a video showing him being placed in restraints and a spit hood by Northern Territory juvenile detention officers who, like the Perth Transit officers, amuse themselves at work by randomly abusing Aborigines.

Voller restrained

The unfortunate young man reckons the trouble in Perth started with something – he can’t remember what – he said:

Mr Voller said on Friday morning he had been drinking with friends after travelling into the city to see a Fringe Festival act.

He said he caught a train home to Thornlie when the incidents occurred but wasn’t sure what time.

“I don’t know, it was late,” he said, before adding that he was “drunk and being silly”.

He said he was getting off at Cannington to swap trains when “I must have said something” because “they (the guards) must have seen me and they all started coming at me.

“There was about eight of them and they got me down on the ground and they smashed my face into the ground. They were all yelling at me and stuff.

“One of them punched me in the face. They then dragged me out and threw me in the back of the transit van.”

Soon released, his fame works against him:

Mr Voller said they eventually let him out and, along with five mates, he started walking towards Thornlie when a police car came along. One of the officers told the group to sit down and the officers, according to Mr Voller, then did name checks.

“They knew who I was because they said, ‘you think because you’ve been on telly you’re pretty good, but you’re just pieces of s_ _ _,’ and ‘I’d love to shoot you’.” He said after a while they let the group go.

Mr Voller said his face was still sore on Friday morning.

A somewhat different scenario emerges:

[Perth Transit Authority] spokesman David Hynes said Mr Voller was initially spoken to for allegedly engaging in disorderly behaviour at Cannington station.

“When the Transit officers left, it is alleged Mr Voller jumped down on to the tracks and exposed himself in front of members of the public,” he said.

“Following this, he was approached by two TOs who spoke to him for seven minutes, during which he refused to provide his details. He was arrested by two TOs.

“Mr Voller was held in the back of one of our vehicles for about 30 minutes pending the arrival of an ambulance, which was called at his request for an unrelated medical condition. He was then released from custody.”

The PTA said it would be charging Mr Voller by summons after it completed its review of all CCTV footage. Mr Voller will appear in court at a later date, where he will be entitled to defend the allegations against him.

Police encountered Voller and friends soon after release from PTA custody:

A WA Police spokesman said the police encountered Mr Voller at 1.30am on Friday in Sevenoaks Street, Beckenham, when they responded to complaints that four men were jumping out in front of cars. They spoke to four men who were “antagonistic” towards police.

When they carried out name checks, one of the men — not Mr Voller — was arrested due to an outstanding warrant. The other three men were moved on.

When contacted about the CCTV footage of him allegedly exposing himself, Mr Voller texted: “Sorry, I have been told not to comment.”

The 20 year-old had hoped to parlay his criminal history into a career:

Voller – who is now based in WA – spoke to about 20 Aboriginal and youth stakeholders in Perth [in January 2018] about his experiences.

“I don’t blame all corrections workers for the stuff that happened to me,” he told WAtoday at the event.

“I’d love the opportunity to work with corrections and the Department of Justice.

“Working with those sort of authorities, working together would make a better impact for young people.”

Asked what his message was for young people in Banksia Hill – WA’s only detention centre for offenders aged 10 to 17 – Voller urged them to look up to good role models in their life.

“You don’t have to follow your friends, because they want to go out and do silly things,” he said.

“Its OK to make your own decisions and make your own choices, to do what you want and stay positive.

“If they do slip up, (they should) try and pick themselves up.

“There is no such thing as failing, there is always an opportunity to try again.”

Hanging out with a friend with an outstanding warrant is none too bright.

In a video posted to his Facebook page subsequent to this most recent clash with law enforcement, Voller accepts no responsibility whatsoever for his plight.

 

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