“The chief sniper during the Lindt Cafe siege will sue NSW Police, alleging he and fellow officers were prevented from doing their jobs and the lives of cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson could have been saved.
The officer, who can only be identified as Sierra 3-1, alleges in a 30-page affidavit he has suffered psychological trauma due to decisions taken by his superiors during the siege on December 15, 2014 in which 17 people were taken hostage.
The Daily Telegraph reports the civil action, lodged in the NSW District Court on April 12, will be heard next year in a one-day hearing.
It follows another complaint he made to the Law Enforcement Conduct Commissioner that was dismissed, that claimed senior officers perjured themselves at the initial inquest.
The case is expected to re-examine aspects of the siege.”
There has been much debate and conjecture about the handling of the Lindt Cafe incident for the last 5 years
The subsequent inquiry raised some very interesting questions about NSW Police’s ability to handle events such as this, as well as how Man Monis was able to bypass Australia’s gun laws for $570, among other issues.
David Leyonhjelm was also memorably attacked by the Australian media, for suggesting that victims of the siege should have been able to concealed carry and defend themselves.
We’ll keep an eye on the outcome of this case as it develops. It will likely get memory holed by the media until next year but we shall see.
Now just imagine what a proper inquiry in to Port Arthur would turn up.