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Person in custody commits suicide at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre

     A 43-year-old male remand person in custody at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre committed suicide today (April 16).

     At around 7.25am, while a correctional officer was inspecting the cells, the male person in custody was found lying on his bed and covered by a bed sheet, and made no response to orders. The officer immediately entered the cell for examination and discovered that the male person in custody had a bed sheet tied around his neck. Reinforcement was instantly called. Upon arrival, reinforcement staff immediately provided first aid treatment and called for an ambulance. The person in custody was then sent to a public hospital for rescue. He was certified dead at around 8am today.

     The Correctional Services Department has reported the case to the Police. A death inquest will be held by the Coroner's Court. A board of enquiry chaired by a Senior Superintendent has been appointed to look into the incident.

     The deceased was remanded for the offence of murder.

Ends/Monday, April 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:30