Coroner's jury says Kowloon Bay rape suspect killed self in police cell

Local | 5 Nov 2018 4:28 pm

A Coroner's Court jury has found that a rape suspect found dead in a police cell last year had taken his own life, as it put forward a number of suggestions for the police on how they could prevent suicides in custody in the future.

Lam Wing-chun, 48, was arrested in May last year on suspicion of raping and robbing a woman near Kowloon Bay MTR Station.

He was taken to Sau Mau Ping Police Station and put in a cell. He was found dead the next morning, hanged with a computer cable, RTHK reports.

On Monday, a five-member jury unanimously found that Lam's death was a suicide.

The jurors recommended the installation of surveillance cameras in cells to monitor detainees, and also suggested the force should use technology such as life-detection wristbands to check on those in their care.

During the inquest, it was revealed that police officers had missed some of their patrols, and their checks on detainees did not tally with what had been recorded in a log book.

The jury said officers should be required to personally sign off on such records in future.

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