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Correctional officers stop suicide attempt by remand person in custody

     Correctional officers stopped a male remand person in custody attempting suicide by hanging at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre last night (June 15).

     At 9.47pm, a patrolling officer found a 31-year-old male remand person in custody attempting to hang himself with a bed sheet tied to the grille of the gate of a cell. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcement.

     Reinforcement staff arrived at the scene and entered the cell immediately. The remand person in custody was then taken to the centre hospital for medical examination and treatment. He was conscious at the time and was later transferred to a public hospital for further examination. The case will be followed up by a clinical psychologist of the Correctional Services Department (CSD).

     A spokesman for the CSD 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 wounding.

Ends/Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:32