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Correctional officers stop inmate from self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped an inmate from hurting herself at Lo Wu Correctional Institution today (May 2).

      At around 8.15am, the 38-year-old female inmate was found crying and scratching her left wrist with her fingernails inside a toilet. She was immediately stopped and taken to the centre hospital for medical examination and treatment. She sustained multiple linear cuts over her left wrist. She will be transferred to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for psychiatric assessment.

      A spokesman for the Correctional Services 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 sentenced for the offence of theft.

Ends/Thursday, May 2, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:45