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Correctional officers stop person in custody from hanging attempt

     Correctional officers today (March 10) stopped a male person in custody who attempted to hang himself in Pik Uk Correctional Institution.

     At about 1.46am, an on-duty officer found the 15-year-old person in custody attempting to hang himself by tying a loop made with bed sheet onto the grill gate inside his cell. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcements.

     Upon arrival, the reinforcement staff immediately unlocked the cell and sent him to the centre hospital for medical examination and observation. He was conscious at the time and was subsequently transferred to a public hospital for further examination. A clinical psychologist will follow up 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 convicted for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ends/Monday, March 10, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:12