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Correctional officers rescue remand inmate from hanging attempt

     Correctional officers rescued a male remand inmate who attempted to hang himself in Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre today (September 30).

     At about 3.20am, an on-duty officer found the 30-year-old male remand inmate attempting to hang himself by using a bed sheet tied to the grille bars of his cell. The officer immediately summoned reinforcement, who then entered the cell and applied first aid to the remand inmate. The inmate was conscious at the time. After preliminary medical examination, he was transferred to a public hospital for further treatment. A clinical psychologist will follow up on the case.

     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 remand inmate was charged with the offence of false imprisonment.

Ends/Monday, September 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:14

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