'The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) deplores the practice of mandatory sentencing which has led to the death of a fifteen year old boy in custody in the Northern Territory', said ACSJC Chair Bishop Kevin Manning today.

'The ACSJC supports the outcry on this issue from various Catholic and community organizations. The following points need to be addressed,' he continued.

'The ACSJC is saddened by the tragic and unnecessary death of this young man and grieves with his family and community,' he concluded.