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Correctional officers stop remand person in custody from self-harm

     Correctional Officers stopped a remand person in custody from committing self-harm at Pik Uk Correctional Institution today (July 11).

     At 10.29am, a 19-year-old male remand person in custody, who was located in the institution's hospital for medical observation, suddenly becoming emotional and hitting his head against a wall. The officers at the scene stopped him, however the remand person in custody, who was still emotional, hit his head against the wall again. In order to prevent him from hurting himself, OC foam was applied, after warnings, to subdue him.

     The man suffered minor injuries on his face and back, and was treated at the institution's hospital. He remained in the hospital for observation after treatment. A 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 male remand person in custody was remanded for an offence of using a false instrument.

Ends/Friday, July 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 20:11