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Correctional officers stop person in custody from committing suicide by hanging

     Correctional officers stopped a 58-year-old male person in custody from committing suicide by hanging at Stanley Prison today (April 9).

     At 1.50pm today, a correctional officer found the person in custody committed suicide by hanging himself with a strip of clothes tied to the handle of the window of his cell. The officer immediately called for reinforcement and provided first aid treatment to him. The person in custody was found unconscious at that moment and was subsequently sent to a public hospital for further treatment.

     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 trafficking in a dangerous drug in June 2015 and he is currently filing an appeal against his sentence.

Ends/Sunday, April 9, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:55