SLIGHT MISAPPRAISAL

Lindt Cafe gunman Man Haron Monis was grossly underestimated:

The police commander in charge during the final hours of the stand-off told the inquest a police psychiatrist said Monis might be attempting to “build some street cred or jail cred” and the siege was a “final posturing” ahead of his incarceration.

The inquest heard that advice came just an hour before Monis executed cafe manager Tori Johnson by shooting him at point blank range in the back of the head.

The commander, who cannot be named, told the inquest he believed negotiations could have led to an outcome where Monis surrendered to police by walking out of the Lindt cafe with his hands over his head.

“Time is my friend, your Honour, in negotiations,” the commander, who cannot be identified, said.

“The outcome I wanted was for everyone to come out of the stronghold, including Man Monis.”

Or he wanted to impress Allah and get in on some of that 72 virgins action.

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