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Correctional officers rescue inmate from hanging attempt

     Correctional services officers rescued an inmate who attempted to hang himself in Stanley Prison shortly before midnight last night (January 7).

      During the night patrol, an officer noticed the 36-year-old male inmate standing on the toilet bowl inside his cell and tying a looped piece of bed sheet onto the window guard bar. The officer immediately ordered him to stop and called for reinforcements. He also tried to persuade the inmate to come down, but the inmate continued with his attempt.

      The inmate then put his head into the loop and tried to hang himself. On arrival the reinforcement staff immediately entered the cell and released him from the sheet. He was conscious at the time.

      After examination by a medical officer, the inmate was conveyed to a public hospital for further observation and treatment.

      A spokesman for the 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 inmate was admitted to the prison for the offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

Ends/Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:06

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