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Correctional officers stop suicide attempt by person in custody

     Correctional officers stopped a female remand person in custody from attempting suicide by hanging at Tai Lam Centre For Women last evening (August 7).

     At 11.33pm, a correctional officer found a 39-year-old female remand person in custody attempting to hang herself with a bed sheet tied onto the handrail inside the toilet of a ward of the centre hospital. The officer immediately stopped her and called for reinforcements.

     Reinforcement staff arrived at the scene and entered the ward immediately to render emergency treatment. The remand person in custody was conscious at the time and was later transferred to a public hospital for further examination and treatment. The case will be followed up by clinical psychologist of the department.

     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 person in custody was remanded for the offence of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

Ends/Saturday, August 8, 2015
Issued at HKT 23:35