Youth triad ring smashed

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Issue 281, Page 1
Word count: 330
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police (PJ) cracked down on an alleged youth triad suspected of hitting students and threatening them to become members, in which five leaders and four members aged 16 and 17 were arrested on Tuesday.

According to police spokesman Choi Iat Peng, they received a tip-off some days ago that an alleged triad made up of local youths was targeting at students from different schools and forcing them to join the group.

And police believed the triad had been involved in at least 10 violence crimes at schools, Mr Choi said, but denied the recent case of a girl student who was beaten and recorded on a mobile phone, was one of them.

The police took action at around 5pm on Tuesday at the Ruins of St. Paul’s when some 20 alleged triad members started a street fight against a 15-year-old boy because of a previous argument.

However, as there were many ways out around the area and it was crowded by tourists, Mr Choi said only nine triad members were caught.

The suspects were surnamed Chiu, Lei, Tse, Chuk, Yu, Hung, Chou, Hui and Ma and all were aged between 16 and 17.

And while seven of them were students, the other two had already quit school.

Police believed that the triad was organised about a year ago by Chiu, Lei, Tse, Chuk and Yu in which the two non-students were among them.

Mr Choi said the gang mainly looked for local students, hit them and intimidated them until they joined the group by paying 666 patacas.

Although Mr Choi said the triad had been smashed following the leaders’ arrest, police believed there were altogether 30 members in the group who were on the run.

The police also did not rule out the possibility that the youths had been involved in drug crimes, Mr Choi added.

The nine suspects will be sent to the Public Prosecutions Office today and charged with engaging in a triad, assault and intimidation.


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