Cyprus Mail

Another inmate attempts suicide

By Constantinos Psyllides

A 26-year-old inmate at the Nicosia central prisons attempted suicide on Sunday but was saved by his fellow inmates, according to police.

The inmate was rushed to the Nicosia general hospital where he is currently being treated.

He attempted to hang himself in the shower using a bed sheet but was stopped by other inmates.

According to police, the man was under psychiatric observation. He had attempted suicide once before, in September 2013

He was originally serving his sentence at the open prison but was transferred to the closed prison after guards found drugs in his possession. The prison refused to say for what crime the man had been jailed or how long his sentence was.

Daily Politis reported that the man left behind a suicide note for his mother.

The prisons have been plagued with suicides and suicide attempts for the last two years.

Another 26-year-old hanged himself in his cell, in August, leading to the arrest of two prison guards who failed to monitor the inmate and later allegedly lied to the interrogators, claiming they had checked on the 26-year-old one hour prior to his death. A state pathologist placed time of death to 6-8 hours prior to the time the body was found, forcing the guards to admit that they lied.

A string of suicides and suicide attempts in January 2014 led to the eventual transfer of former prison head Giorgos Tryfonides.

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