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Correctional officers prevent remand person in custody from hanging himself

     Correctional officers stopped a male remand person in custody hanging himself in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (August 7).

     At 4.28am, an on-duty officer found the 48-year-old remand person in custody hanging himself with a pair of pyjama trousers tied to the grill gate inside the cell of the centre hospital. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcement.

     The remand person in custody was released upon arrival of the reinforcement staff. He was conscious at the time and was transferred to a public hospital for further examination and treatment after preliminary observation. 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 theft.

Ends/Thursday, August 7, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:25

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