Ashley Peacock: Family launch petition for Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman to intervene…

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This man is apparently not a criminal but has been treated like one for five years:

Ashley Peacock has spent much of the last five years isolated in a small area of a mental health unit. Picture / Mark Mitchell
Ashley Peacock has spent much of the last five years isolated in a small area of a mental health unit. Picture / Mark Mitchell

The family of an autistic man held in an isolated wing of a mental health unit have launched a petition calling for the minister of health to intervene in his case.

Ashley Peacock, 38, has been kept in a tiny wing of a mental health unit at Porirua for five years, allowed outside for an average of 90 minutes a day.

He sleeps in a 10m-square room with just a mattress and a urine bottle, and when staff order it, can be locked in for long periods – despite repeated warnings from multiple agencies that his condition is deteriorating, and his treatment breaches human rights.

Ashley, who is not a…

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