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Correctional officers stop suicide attempt by person in custody

     Correctional officers stopped a male remand person in custody from attempting suicide by hanging at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre last evening (September 26).

     At 7.55pm, a correctional officer found the 59-year-old male remand person in custody attempting to hang himself with his clothes tied onto the grille gate of the cell inside the observation ward of the centre hospital. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcements.

     The remand person in custody was conscious at the time and did not require to be transferred to public hospital after treatment by the medical officer of the centre hospital. The case will be followed up by a clinical psychologist of the department.

     The person in custody was remanded for the offence of theft on September 21. He has drug abuse record and health problem and was arranged to stay in the centre hospital for observation and treatment after admission.

     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."

Ends/Sunday, September 27, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:48