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Correctional officers stop remand person in custody from self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped a remand person in custody from self-harm in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today (August 11).

     At 6.05pm, the officers conducted a routine search to the 43-year-old male remand person in custody at a cell in centre hospital. The man suddenly turned emotional and hit his head against the wall. The officers tried to calm him down but to no avail. He put up strong resistance when the officers tried to stop him and continued to hit his head against the wall. In order to prevent the man from hurting himself, the officers physically pressed him on the floor and ultimately subdued him.

     The officers and the remand person in custody were sent to the centre hospital for examination. The remand person in custody was transferred to a public hospital for medical treatment. The officers sustained no injury.

     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 an offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

Ends/Monday, August 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 23:27