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Correctional officers stop person in custody committing self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped a person in custody committing self-harm at Lo Wu Correctional Institution today (December 10).

     At 10.16am, the 33-year-old female person in custody suddenly turned emotional in her cell. She banged her head against the bed and bit her own forearm. The officers at the scene immediately stopped her and arranged for her to be examined by a medical officer on-site. The person in custody sustained minor injury on her forehead and forearm and was subsequently sent to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre for assessment and 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 person in custody was sentenced to imprisonment for the offence of landing in Hong Kong without permission.

Ends/Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:05


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