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Correctional officers stop remand person in custody committing self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped a male remand person in custody committing self-harm at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre yesterday (September 17).

     At 3.50pm, the 32-year-old remand person in custody broke his plastic tea mug inside a cell of the centre hospital and used a broken piece to scratch his left wrist. The officers at the scene immediately stopped him and arranged for him to be examined by a medical officer at the centre hospital.

     The man sustained minor hand injury and was treated and placed under observation in the centre hospital. 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 man was remanded for the offences of destroying or damaging others' property and publishing obscene articles.

Ends/Thursday, September 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:13