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Correctional Officers stop person in custody from self-harm

     Correctional Services officers stopped a person in custody from hurting himself in Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution yesterday (March 14).

     At about 5pm, the 33-year-old male person in custody with self-harm history suddenly turn emotional when he was searched inside a dayroom.  He hit his head against the wall and slapped his own face.  Officers at scene immediately stopped him, who gradually calmed down upon counselling given by the officers.

     The person in custody suffered minor injury on his head and was treated at the centre hospital.  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 an offence of theft.

Ends/Saturday, March 15, 2014
Issued at HKT 20:07