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Correctional officers stop suicide attempt by person in custody

     Correctional officers stopped a male person in custody attempting suicide by hanging at Stanley Prison this morning (December 17).

     At 2.11am, a correctional officer found a 50-year-old male person in custody attempting to hang himself with a bed sheet tied to the grill bars of his cell. The officer immediately stopped him and called for reinforcement.

     Reinforcing staff arrived at the scene immediately to render treatment. The person in custody was conscious at the time. He was later examined by the institutional medical officer and transferred to a public hospital for further examination and treatment. The case will be followed up by a clinical psychologist.

     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 sentenced to imprisonment for the offence of robbery.

Ends/Thursday, December 17, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:03