Alleged secret society member threatened former police officer who dealt with his case

A 44-year-old man who allegedly threatened a former police officer after being released from prison will be charged in court with criminal intimidation.

The police said in a statement on Tuesday (Apr 17) that the man was previously detained under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which covers secret society activities, among other offences.

The police were alerted to a case of criminal intimidation along Aliwal Street on Aug 6, 2017.

The man had allegedly uttered threatening words and caused alarm to the former officer who had previously dealt with his case.

The suspect was also believed to have flaunted his secret society affiliation to the former police officer.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) subsequently arrested the suspect on Apr 12.

Besides criminal intimidation, the man will also be charged with acting as a member of an unlawful society under the Societies Act.

Anyone found guilty of being or acting as a member of an unlawful society can be jailed for up to three years and/or fined up to $5,000.

If convicted of committing criminal intimidation, the man can be jailed for up to two years and/or fined.

The police said they take a very stern view of gang-related activities and will not hesitate to take action against those who choose to be associated with gangs, or who blatantly disregard the law.