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Australia police: Bomb hoaxer sought money, lawyer

 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 lawyer's office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycro...

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...

APTOPIX Australia Hostage

A man believed to be holding a child hostage at a lawyer's office looks out a window in suburban Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycro...

A man who marched into a law office with his daughter and claimed he had a bomb demanded several thousand dollars and access to a lawyer during a 12-hour standoff with police, 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. A police tactical team forced its way into the law office and overpowered the man after negotiations began to crumble Tuesday night.
His 12-year-old 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 he lives in the town of Orange, 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Sydney.
According to documents police filed in western Sydney's Parramatta Local Court, 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.
On Tuesday morning, the man walked into the law office. Employee Betty Hor said he wanted to speak to someone she had never heard of. After she told him so twice, the man threw a book at her desk and told her to call authorities and "tell them I've got a bomb in my backpack," Hor said.
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 that include kidnapping and breaking and entering.


Updated : 2021-07-28 02:10 GMT+08:00