Lindt Cafe inquest to examine gunman's motives

A CORONIAL inquest into the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege will concentrate on the background and motivation of gunman Man Haron Monis when it resumes today.

International interest in the case forced the NSW Coroner's Court to move proceedings to a custom built courtroom in a tower opposite the Downing Centre courts in the Sydney CBD, in order to accommodate observers.

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Counsel assisting the coroner, Jeremy Gormly, is expected to deliver a six-hour opening address.

The inquest will investigate the deaths of Monis and two victims - Tori Johnson, the cafe manager who was executed at point-blank, and Katrina Dawson, who it is believed died  after being hit by fragments of a police bullet or bullets.
More than 100 witnesses are expected to take the stand, including hostages, police officers and people who knew Monis.

The inquest's first two weeks will focus on Monis - including how he was allowed to be released on bail despite facing more than 40 sexual assault charges and being accused of being an accessory to his wife's murder.

NSW Coroner Michael Barnes will lead the inquest.

It is due to run over several two-week blocks over this year and 2016, with the findings delivered next year.

The first day of proceedings will be live-streamed online here.


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