SYDNEY siege hostage John O’Brien, 83, has told of how he was overcome with relief upon escaping the besieged Lindt Chocolat Cafe and seeing armed police waiting for him outside.
Mr O’Brien said he had called into the popular cafe for a coffee after a regular check up at the eye doctors.
He was held hostage for about six hours before he and two others managed to break free on Monday afternoon.
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“I have never felt such a relief as I did when I turned that corner and saw the armed police waiting,” he said.
Mr O’Brien also paid tribute to mother of three Katrina Dawson, 38 and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, who were killed in the siege. Fifteen other hostages survived the ordeal.
He said he could no go into detail of what happened inside the cafe because he was still assisting NSW Police.
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