Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist

SYDNEY (AP) — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.

The details of Man Monis’ life and death are being examined at a coroner’s inquest into December’s siege at the Lindt Cafe, in which a shotgun-wielding Monis took customers and workers captive and made a series of demands, including that he be delivered a flag of the Islamic State group. The standoff ended when police stormed the cafe. Monis was killed, along with two hostages.

“This is not a normal investigation — it is grappling with questions of national significance,” New South Wales state Coroner Michael Barnes told the court. “Was Monis a so-called lone wolf prosecuting an ISIS-inspired terrorist act, or was he a deranged individual pursuing some personal, private grievance in a public manner?”…

More: Sydney siege gunman too “weird” for Australian motorcycle gang, inquest hears

  • pop

    Just like any normal head chopper terrorist.

    Naturally, the Islamist have nothing to do with Islam.

  • andycanuck

    There but for the Grace of God goes Obama.

  • Rosenmops

    Too bad he didn’t get shot by the police.

    • Icebow

      I thought he had been.

      • Martin B

        He was shot to end the siege, but he should have been disposed of years ago.

    • Frau Katze

      He was shot and killed, but they’re holding an inquest.

      • Rosenmops

        Good. I’m glad the lunatic is dead.

      • just a thought

        Well, they have to have an inquest to be sure his rights weren’t violated. Besides, if there’s no trial to waste time and public funds on, there at least aught to be an inquest.

  • Dana Garcia

    What really needs investigating is why a foreigner with a long violent rap sheet (multiple sexual assaults and arranging a murder) was allowed to walk the streets of Australia.

    • just a thought

      But if any of us so much as dare to question the “wisdom” of the fools who are ruling us, we are at risk of them ruining our lives.

  • Tanya

    Man Monis was nothing more than your typical Muslim nutjob! His only contribution to the world was getting killed, too bad more of his brethren could go the same way quicker.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Tanya, your first sentence is more accurate if you edit out the word nutjob.

  • Martin B

    You knew this was coming…hey everyone let’s ignore the fact that Islam IS insanity and blame every act of Islamic terrorism on insanity instead of Islam.

  • Brett_McS

    “lone wolf jihadi or deranged individual”. Can’t it be both?

  • just a thought

    “Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist.” I.e., your typical paranoid delusional muslime.

  • So it was narcissism, not Islamism, that inspired him to murder a pregnant woman?


  • Islam Is a Crock

    l’m already predicting the outcome of this inquest. “Nothing to do with Islam”.