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Correctional officers stop person in custody committing self-harm

      Correctional Services officers stopped a person in custody hurting himself in Stanley Prison today (January 20).

      At about 2.40pm, the 58-year-old male person in custody suddenly turned emotional at the entrance of the centre's hospital and hit his head against a wall. Officers at the scene immediately stopped him and called for reinforcement.

      The person in custody sustained minor head injury but remained conscious. He was subsequently referred to a public hospital for further medical examination and treatment. A departmental clinical psychologist will follow up on the case.

      A spokesman for the Correctional Services Department said, "The department uses all possible measures to prevent people in its custody from attempting suicide or self-harm. These measures include administrative arrangements, the improvement of institution facilities, staff training and first aid services."

      The person in custody was sentenced to imprisonment for the offence of robbery.
Ends/Monday, January 20, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:36