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Case against Mt Penang Training School for Boys in the State of New South Wales

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Our client, KPL had a tough start to life through no fault of his own. His family was suffering from intergenerational trauma and his mother was abusing drugs. His father was violent. When KLP was 10 years old he went to live with his maternal grandmother. His grandmother tried her best but KPL started to get into trouble for petty crimes.

In 1985 KPL was deemed uncontrollable by the Children’s Court and sentenced to Mt Penang Training School for Boys. KPL was sexually and physically abused by officers at Mt Penang when he was only 15 years old.

KPL brought proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW against the State of New South Wales for the abuse that occurred when he was in their care. The Court ordered that the parties participate in a mediation and KPL was able to settle his case.

At the conclusion of the case, KPL received an apology from the State of New South Wales for what happened to him and he felt as though he had finally stood up for the little boy who had been taken advantage of.


I could write a book as to how the last 4 years would have been different if not for Tom and his team.
The support, assistance, advice from the first conversation till even after the settlement was second to none from the team at Stacks Goudkamp.
Four years on and after many downs, my children and I have our lives back.
We are unable to THANK YOU enough, but know that you have changed our lives for the better in so many ways since the accident.



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