Officers of the Correctional Services Department found an inmate hurt himself and stopped him from further attempting self-harm at Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution today (February 21).
At about 4pm, correctional officers found the 24-year-old male inmate acting suspiciously. Upon checking, the officer found several scratch marks on his left forearm. The inmate admitted to the officer that he had used a hard object to hurt himself earlier in the toilet.
The inmate was immediately taken to the institution hospital for medical treatment. He will receive further assessment at Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre later.
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 is serving a six-month sentence for theft.
Ends/Thursday, February 21, 2013
Issued at HKT 21:31