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Man faces 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 who triggered a 12-hour standoff with police after marching into a law office with his daughter and claiming he had a bomb demanded several thousand dollars and access to a lawyer during the crisis, court documents revealed Wednesday.
The 52-year-old man was refused bail during a brief court hearing Wednesday and charged with a range of offenses following Tuesday's tense standoff. A police tactical team forced its way into the office where he had been holed up with his 12-year-old daughter and overpowered him after negotiations began to crumble on Tuesday night.
His daughter had previously been released unharmed, and police said there was no bomb in the man's backpack.
The man's name has been withheld for legal reasons. In New South Wales state, it is generally illegal to identify a child victim of a crime, and by naming the father, the girl's identity would be revealed. Police said that he is a resident of the town of Orange, 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Sydney.
According to court documents filed by police in western Sydney's Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday, the man demanded 4,500 Australian dollars ($4,760) from an Aboriginal Land Council, access to a lawyer and wanted legal action taken against another man. Aboriginal Land Councils are advocacy groups for Aboriginal rights.
In the court papers, police said the man had a long criminal record that includes firearms offenses and breaching bail. The documents did not explain what triggered the man's demands or what his ultimate goal was.
He was charged with giving false information of danger, detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage, remaining in a building with intent to commit an indictable offense, common assault and three counts of destroying or damaging property, a police statement said. Police said he broke a window and two vases during the standoff.
It was not clear what potential prison sentence he could face if convicted.
The man did not appear in court for the hearing and the case was adjourned until Sept. 15.
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.
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.
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 : 2021-04-15 19:37 GMT+08:00