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Correctional officer stops inmate from self harm

     Correctional officer stopped an inmate from self harm in Stanley Prison yesterday (October 13).

     The 21-year-old male inmate was suspected of swallowing shampoo and was sent to prison hospital for observation at around 9.30pm yesterday. While under observation, the inmate lost control, banging his head against the wall, scratching his abdomen and biting his forearm.

     The officer immediately stopped him from further self harm. After examination and treatment by the medical officer, he was then transferred to government hospital for further consultation. The inmate would later be sent to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for further assessment.  

     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 sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for offences of obtaining property by deception and impersonating a public officer.


Ends/Sunday, October 14, 2012
Issued at HKT 22:18