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Correctional staff stop inmate on remand attempting self-harm

     Officers of the Correctional Services Department prevented an inmate on remand from further attempting self-harm at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre yesterday (October 9).

     Yesterday morning, the 40-year-old male suddenly behaved abnormally inside the hospital. He stood at the top of a 1-metre-high partition wall against his bed and jumped to the floor, slightly hurting his right hand and shoulder. The duty staff stopped him attempting further self-harm and immediately referred him to a government hospital for medical examination. He was subsequently treated and discharged.

     A spokesman for the department said, "The department has been using all possible measures to prevent people in its custody from attempting suicide or self-harm. These measures include administrative arrangements, improvement of institution facilities, staff training and first aid services."  

     The inmate was remanded for the offence of possessing equipment and apparatus for injection of dangerous drugs.


Ends/Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:01