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Correctional officers stop inmate from self-harm

     Correctional Services officers stopped an inmate from self-harm at Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre yesterday (May 3).

      At about 7.40pm, an officer found the 17-year-old male inmate trying to harm himself by tying his shoelaces around his neck inside a hospital ward. The officer immediately ordered the inmate to stop and called for reinforcement.  

      The inmate was conscious at the time. After examination by medical staff, he was transferred to a public hospital for further treatment, and was subsequently discharged. The inmate was transferred to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for further 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 to the rehabilitation centre for the offence of theft.

Ends/Saturday, May 4, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:26