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Lai Hang Rehabilitation Centre inmate commits self-harm

     Correctional Services officers at Lai Hang Rehabilitation Centre yesterday (September 4) found an inmate who had hurt himself.

     At about 9.45pm, officers found injury on the neck, wrist and abdomen of the 19-year-old male inmate when he returned to the centre from work duties. The inmate claimed to have committed self-harm when he was working outside.

     The inmate was initially treated at the centre hospital and was later transferred to a public hospital for examination and treatment. The clinical psychologist will follow up on the case.

     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, staff training and first aid services."

     The inmate was admitted to rehabilitation centre for the offence of theft. Currently in the second phase of training, he is allowed to work outside in the daytime and resides in the centre after work.

Ends/Thursday, September 5, 2013
Issued at HKT 12:15

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