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Correctional officers stop remand person in custody from hanging attempt

     Correctional officers today (July 28) stopped a male remand person in custody who was attempting to hang himself in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

     At 2.05am, an on-duty officer found the 37-year-old remand person in custody attempting to hang himself with a bed sheet on the grill gate inside his cell. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcement.

     Upon arrival, the staff sent the remand person in custody 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 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 remand person in custody was remanded for the offence of murder.

Ends/Monday, July 28, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:08