In a desperate bid to stop their son from committing crimes one family says it has been forced to chain their 16-year-old son to his bed to stop him leaving at night.

The drastic action was taken to stop the teen from slipping out at night to commit crimes like burglaries and car thefts as part of  Melbourne’s notorious Apex gang, it has been reported.

The 16-year-old’s mother admitted to News Corp that she and her husband were forced to chain the child to his bed using a heavy-duty motorcycle chain, leaving the teen literally shackled.

“That’s the reality of it, that’s what we’re resorting to,” she said.

The teen’s mother said he didn’t resist the drastic measure and acknowledged the seriousness of the crimes the gang has committed.

The teen’s mother admitted that she resorted to chaining her son up following him being granted bail telling News Corp, “then we could sleep at night, instead of not knowing if he’s going out or not”.

Sometimes you have no choice

Late last year a story of a 16 year old boy with autism, found chained up in his room, shocked the nation.  But his mum, a Sudanese refugee spoke of her mistake.

“If I didn’t tie him like this, he would run away in the street, no coming back. He would go and not stop. The cars are dangerous and he doesn’t understand about cars.

“That’s why I was scared, the cars would hit him.” It was a “big, big mistake”

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  • It soun ds as though this boy may have been lead astray by a gang who may have taken advantage of his disability. He is possibly very vulnerable and threatened by his peers.
    We once saw a lad who would have been about that age who had a habit of going for a walk, sometimes at night and would get lost. We spotted him one night running backwards and forwards across a main road at various spots. He had dark skin and curly black hair. Fortunately he had a light coloured top on. We stopped and the people I was with called the Police. He decided to sit on a garbage bin which had been put out for the following day. We watched him from a distance as his actions seemed irrational. We didn’t know whether he had a disability but one of people was a nurse and had worked with children with autism and other similar issues. Some are placid, others lash our if they are approached by a stranger. The Police seemed to appear from all directions. After he had been picked up the nurse spoke to some of the Police. He was Autistic, one very placid happy lad. The lad ran towards and got into a Police Car. He was obviously glad to see them. We was known to them and they were out searching for him as he occasionally got lost. His Mum would stay home with their other small children in case he came home while his Dad and the Police were searching for him. He was tall and could reach the key wherever they put it. They didn’t hide it anywhere else in case of a fire. He has hypersensitive hearing, sense of smell, and heightened sense of danger…………He was having various types of therapy but getting lost was one problem they hadn’t solved.


  • I understand the parents (and the child) are all desperate and they seem to care.
    Think I would prefer to seek professional help.


  • This is a very hard one for me to answer and who are we to criticise and what would we do given the circumstances. ? At least these parents are trying.


  • It seems like the mother had no other choice open to her at the time,very sad.


  • It is so hard to bring up a child these days. Nobody gives parents a right to discipline or chastise their child. This mother is obviously at her wits end, but so is the child as it allows itself to be chained up . This at least gives him/her an out with their peers as to why they weren’t running with the gang at night these days. Not a good scene at all


  • I think these parents are in a desperate situation and handling the matter as best they know how. I hope their son changes his ways.


  • I can’t believe there isn’t any other way to face this issue!!


  • Professional support would be needed to address the issues and to implement strategies that respect a person and their human rights.


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