Terror Charges Laid After Threats To Police

Fixated Persons Investigation Unit

Terror Charges Laid After Threats To Police

Police have laid further charges against a man who allegedly threatened to kill police while armed with a knife in Surry Hills last year.

Terrorism charges have been laid over the incident following an investigation by the NSW Police Force's Fixated Persons Investigations Unit.

At approximately 1.50am on Wednesday June 14, 2017, uniformed officers were approached from behind by a man allegedly armed with a knife.

He is understood to have made verbal threats to the officers, with the incident taking place at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Elizabeth Street.  

During his arrest, police will allege the man made numerous threats about wanting to become a martyr and kill police.

He was charged with being armed with intent to assault police and steal from persons, and remains before the courts.

The further charges laid by the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit include:

(a) Possess a thing connected with a terrorist act contrary to S 101.4; and

(b) Doing an act in Preparation for, or planning a terrorist act contrary to 101.6 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

The 26-year-old man remains in custody and will appear in court on Thursday 8 February 2018. 

“The Unit identifies and investigates people who may not necessarily profile as a terrorist suspect, but could be capable of carrying out an attack,” Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command Mick Willing said.

“It’s a reality that there are people in the community who seek to cause harm to us, and police remain a target.

“NSW Police are doing everything we can to stop the next attack from happening and this unit adds another layer of protection for the community and in many cases, protects individuals from themselves.”