Correctional officers stop person in custody from self-harm

     Correctional officers stopped a male person in custody from committing self-harm at Stanley Prison yesterday (December 21).

     At 6.30pm, the 45-year-old person in custody suddenly turned emotional in his cell. He hit the bed with his hands and pointed a ballpoint pen at his neck. The officers at the scene immediately stopped him but he resisted vigorously and hit his head on the ground. In order to prevent him from hurting himself, OC foam was applied, after warnings, to subdue him.

     The man suffered minor injuries and was treated at the centre hospital. 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 convicted of the offence of murder.

Ends/Monday, December 22, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:19