Sydney siege inquest to begin this month

Sydney siege inquest to begin this month

The NSW Coroners Court has announced an inquest into the fatal Sydney siege last month will begin at the end of the month.

The inquest, to begin on January 29, will examine the factors that contributed to the deaths of two hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.

Islamic extremist Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage inside the Lindt Cafe on Martin Place, for more than 16 hours.

The opening day of the inquest will not hear from any witnesses, but will outline the issues the inquest will address.

A spokesperson for the coroners court says the inquest will aim to determine how the deaths occurred, and whether they could have been prevented.

The announcement comes just days after a police investigation has reportedly found Ms Dawson’s death was caused by a police bullet, when Tactical Operations Unit officers stormed the cafe in the early hours of December 16.

A venue for the inquest is yet to be determined.

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