Sydney siege victim killed by police bullets, inquest hears

Sydney siege victim killed by police bullets, inquest hears
# 30 January 2015 01:32 (UTC +04:00)
The revelations, which came in the opening day of an inquest into the 16-hour siege of a central Sydney cafe, are likely to further fuel questions about how New South Wales Police responded to the December 15 incident, especially their choice of weapons.
Of the five shots fired by Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Muslim cleric who took 18 people hostage, only one found a target, counsel assisting the coroner Jeremy Gormly told the inquest.
Monis shot and killed cafe manager Tori Johnson execution-style, prompting police to storm the cafe in the early hours of December 16, Gormly said.
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All the injuries that followed -- two fatal, including those to Monis, and four non-fatal -- were caused by police fire, according to the evidence.
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The inquest is expected to examine whether the deaths of Johnson, the cafe's 34-year-old manager, and Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old lawyer, could have been prevented.
Addressing those at the hearing, which was closed to the public but open to hostages and victims' families, Gormly outlined the events that led to the deaths of Johnson, Dawson and the gunman.
He said the first killing, of Johnson, occurred at about 2.14 a.m. -- shortly after a group of hostages fled the cafe.
Gormly described an execution-style killing, in which Monis ordered Johnson to kneel, then "simply shot him, without further notice or warning, in the back of the head."
"The end of the barrel was about 75 centimeters from Mr Johnson's head at the moment of discharge," he said. "Mr Johnson is believed to have died immediately."
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