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Correctional officer stops person in custody committing self-harm

     A correctional officer stopped a person in custody who was committing self-harm at Nei Kwu Correctional Institution yesterday (June 12).

     At 7.01pm yesterday, the 43-year-old female person in custody was found emotionally unstable and banged her head against the wall inside the dormitory. An officer at the scene immediately ordered her to stop the act and called for reinforcement. The person in custody was found conscious. She was required to be sent to a public hospital for further treatment after receiving examination and treatment by the institution medical officer. A clinical psychologist of the department will follow up on the case.

     A spokesman for the Correctional Services Department said, "The department uses all possible measures to prevent persons in custody from attempting suicide or self-harm. These measures include administrative arrangements, the improvement of institutional facilities, staff training and first aid services."

     The person in custody was sentenced for the offence of possession of a dangerous drug in April 2020.

Ends/Saturday, June 13, 2020
Issued at HKT 13:58