Man arrested for harassing debtor

The suspect (second left) is apprehended for questioning.

MIRI: A 25-year-old man was detained by the police on Friday morning for harassing a debtor over an alleged unpaid debt.

The suspect, who has at least four criminal records, was engaged by an ‘along’ (loan shark) to collect unpaid debts from a 33-year-old man at his house in Desa Pujut Bandar Baru Permyjaya.

He was picked up by a team of police from the Criminal Investigation department (CID) IPD Miri around 11.50am.

It was made to understand that the suspect was paid for RM20 to do the job.

According to Miri police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari, the suspect is currently being detained at Miri Central police station (CPS) for questioning.

The incident was reported to have occurred around 11.30pm on Thursday.

Video footage of the two men standing in front of the complainant’s house was captured by a CCTV.

On that night, the suspect who was accompanied by his friend went to the complainant’s house, demanding that he settle the debt owed to their boss.

The CCTV video footage showed that the suspect and his friend threw a plastic bottle onto the house and put up a notice at the gate.

Preliminary investigation revealed that this was not the first time the complainant received such threats as a few months back, they were also harassing him over the alleged unpaid debt.

However, according to the complainant, he had settled his debt to the ‘along’.

Fearing for his safety, the complainant stepped forward to CPS and lodged a police report.

The case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.