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Lindt Cafe Terrorist Man Monis Was Not Psychotic: Coroner

Terrorist Man Haron Monis was not suffering from a diagnosable, categorical psychiatric disorder at the time of the Lindt Cafe siege, NSW Coroner Michael Barnes has found.

"He was not psychotic, although he almost certainly had a severe personality disorder," Mr Barnes said on Wednesday

"The evidence does not support a finding that Monis entered the Lindt cafe with the express intention of killing some or all of the hostages."

However, the coroner concluded in his findings following the 23-week inquest into the 2014 siege that Monis fully understood the death of hostages was a real possibility.

Mr Barnes said Man Moris was a terrorist, although it was unclear whether he was motivated by Islamic State to stage the 17 hour siege or whether he used it "to bolster his own ends."

"Either way, he adopted extreme violence with a view of influencing government action or public opinion concerning Australia's involvement in armed conflict in the Middle East," he found.

"That clearly brings his crimes within the accepted definition of terrorism. The siege was a terrorist incident."

Cafe manager Tori Johnson and Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson were killed as the Martin Place stand-off came to a horrific end in the early hours of December 16.

Man Monis was shot by specialist police who stormed the building after Mr Johnson was killed.

Ms Dawson was fatally wounded after being hit by police bullet fragments.


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