Man Monis bail documents will remain secret

ALEX HEINKE reports.

The New South Wales State Coroner has allowed public prosecutors to keep five documents relating to the bail conditions of Lindt Cafe gunman a secret from the Sydney siege inquest. 

Counsel for the families of siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson have argued for the documents be released in the inquest, claiming it is in the public interest.


It is understood these documents detail concerns a homicide investigator had regarding Monis’ release on bail in December 2013 on a charge of being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.

Counsel for the Johnson family, Gabrielle Bashir, argued that it was unfair to withhold such critical information, a stance assisting counsel members supported.

Monis was on bail for a string of sexual assaults and being an accessory to murder when he took staff and customers hostage at the Lindt Cafe in December last year.

At a preliminary hearing last week, the DPP successfully applied to have dozens of documents and communications between police and its solicitors withheld from the scope of the inquest.