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Man to face Australian court over bomb hoax siege

 A child believed to be a hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cordoned off a ...
 Police with automatic weapons stand outside a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, ...
 A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cor...
 A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office talks on the telephone and looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, ...
 A man believed to be holding a child hostage smashes a window at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cordo...
 Police with automatic weapons rush into a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tues...
 A man believed to be holding a child hostage gestures after smashing a window at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Austral...
 A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police wer...
 A police officer with an automatic weapon patrols outside a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in sub...

Australia Hostage

A child believed to be a hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cordoned off a ...

Australia Hostage

Police with automatic weapons stand outside a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, ...

Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cor...

Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office talks on the telephone and looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, ...

Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage smashes a window at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police cordo...

Australia Hostage

Police with automatic weapons rush into a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tues...

Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage gestures after smashing a window at a lawyers office in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Austral...

Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Australian police wer...

Australia Hostage

A police officer with an automatic weapon patrols outside a building where a man is believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyers office in sub...

A man will appear in a Sydney court on Wednesday charged with a range of crimes after he triggered a 12-hour standoff with police by marching into a law office with his daughter and claiming he had a bomb in his backpack.
A police tactical team forced its way into the office and overpowered the 52-year-old man after negotiations began to crumble on Tuesday night, police said.
He had earlier released his 12-year-old daughter unharmed.
Police allege the bomb threat proved to be a hoax.
The man will appear in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday near where the siege unfolded in Sydney's west charged with giving false information of danger, detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage, remaining in building with intent to commit an indictable offense, common assault and three counts of destroying of damaging property, a police statement said. It is not clear what potential prison sentence he faces.
Police have not released the man's name, but confirmed he came from the town of Orange, 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Sydney.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that he is Albert Bates, who was a prominent Aboriginal activist in the 1980s and 1990s.
The drama began Tuesday morning, when the man walked into the reception area of the lawyers' offices. Employee Betty Hor said he approached her and asked to see someone whom Hor had never heard of. The man went upstairs briefly then returned to reception and repeated his request. She told him again that she had never heard of the man he was seeking.
Hor said the man then threw a book at her desk and told her to call the unknown man and the state attorney-general's department and "tell them I've got a bomb in my backpack."
Hor called police as the man walked to a lawyer's office with the girl, who called him "Dad."
Emergency crews rushed to the scene, evacuated the office building and cordoned off the street below. Dozens of police officers swarmed around the perimeter of the building, and ambulances, fire trucks and the police riot team waited nearby.
Police Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford declined to comment on reports the man was arrested Monday at a government building after he was involved in an incident at the state parliament in Sydney.
Jeremy Buckingham, a lawmaker from the minor Greens opposition party, said the man spoke to him Monday at state parliament about legal issues.
"He said he had information he wanted to show the attorney-general. He did not clearly articulate his issues," Buckingham told parliament Tuesday.
During the standoff, Australian broadcasters showed footage of the man looking from a second-floor window shirtless and wearing the kind of wig worn by judges and lawyers in Australian courts. At one point he spat on the wig.
He also swung a glass bottle like a hammer to smash a plate-sized hole in the office window. He yelled through the hole and threw the bottle, then a telephone handset, which was left dangling by its cord.
He extended his hand from the broken window to make a peace sign then threw out a note. Clifford declined to comment on its contents.
The standoff came a month after an extortionist broke into a Sydney home and fastened a fake bomb around the neck of a millionaire's teenage daughter. She spent 10 terrifying hours with the device strapped to her before police determined it was harmless and freed her.
Australian Paul Douglas Peters, 53, is in jail in Louisville, Kentucky, awaiting extradition next month on charges in Australia that include kidnapping and breaking and entering.


Updated : 2021-04-11 20:35 GMT+08:00