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Correctional officers stop person in custody from committing suicide by hanging

     Correctional officers today (September 10) stopped a male person in custody from committing suicide by hanging at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.

     The 47-year-old person in custody was detained at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre for the offence of possession of obscene article for the purpose of publication.

     At 1.03am today, he was found hanging himself with his pajamas trousers tied at the window frame inside his cell. Officers at scene immediately called for reinforcements and released him. The person in custody was conscious at the time. After preliminary examination and treatment by the medical officer, he was not required to be referred to a public hospital.

     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."

Ends/Saturday, September 10, 2016
Issued at HKT 21:09