He died from drugging and positional asphyxia during the ordeal. Despite his being at their home with approval from his parents, the defense argued he was complicit in the sexual acts, and therefore the death was accidental. Considering how he was a minor and the men were adults, this was considered unlikely. Further details revealed in the court case depicted a gruesome death. Dirkhising's death received only regional media coverage until a Washington Times article ran a story nearly a month after his death, noting the lack of national coverage in contrast to that given to the death of Matthew Shepard.
A true horror story: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre
Stories by Grasshopper
O f all the secrets of war, there is one that is so well kept that it exists mostly as a rumour. It is usually denied by the perpetrator and his victim. Governments, aid agencies and human rights defenders at the UN barely acknowledge its possibility. Yet every now and then someone gathers the courage to tell of it. This is just what happened on an ordinary afternoon in the office of a kind and careful counsellor in Kampala, Uganda. This particular case, though, was a puzzle.
Young was 17 when he was sent to Medomsley detention centre in County Durham. He'd already had a tough life — taken into care at two, sexually and physically abused by those who were meant to look after him — but this was something different. His experience of Medomsley in has shaped, or disfigured, his life ever since. He was convicted of receiving stolen property — a watch his brother had given him; the first he had owned. The police asked if he knew where it had come from.
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