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Correctional officers rescue inmate from hanging attempt

     Correctional officers rescued an inmate who attempted to hang himself in Sha Tsui Correctional Institution today (April 18).

      At about 5am, an officer noticed that the 22-year-old male inmate was trying to hang himself by tying a loop made with a bed sheet onto his neck inside the hospital ward. The officer immediately asked the inmate to stop and called for reinforcements.

      The inmate was conscious at the time. After examination by medical staff, he was later transferred to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for further assessment.

      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 detention centre for the offence of theft.

Ends/Thursday, April 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:52