Police in Sydney fought to keep a gunman who went on to kill two hostages in a 16-hour siege in custody - but were overruled by the courts, police chiefs have revealed.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said while the force had refused Man Haron Monis bail after he was arrested in connection with the murder of his ex-wife and for a series of sex offences, he was subsequently granted bail when he appeared in court.
We were concerned that this man got bail from the beginning.
We can apply and seek to have offenders like this not in circulation, but we do not make the final determination - that is a matter for the courts.
However, he stressed, the allegations against Monis contained nothing related to politically-motivated violence.
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"It was pretty loud, pretty frightening - like nothing I'd ever seen before ever," Greg Parker said.