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Correctional officers stop person in custody from self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped a person in custody from committing self-harm at Tung Tau Correctional Institution today (March 6).

     At 12.44pm, the 35-year-old male person in custody suddenly turned emotional during a staff interview. He suddenly scratched his left hand with a pen and hit his head against the floor. The officers at the scene immediately stopped him and sent him to centre hospital for treatment.

     The person in custody sustained minor injury to his hand. After receiving treatment in the centre hospital, he was transferred to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for further assessment and 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 person in custody was convicted of the offence of evasion of liability by deception.

Ends/Friday, March 6, 2015
Issued at HKT 22:45