December 15, 2014 8:56 am -

4542586-3x2-940x627[su_right_ad]Australia’s News 9 television and other sources have identified the gun-wielding hostage-taker behind the siege at a Lindt café in Sydney, Australia as Man Monis, an Iranian-born refugee and self-styled “spiritual healer” who claims expertise in “astrology”. He has a long criminal history, including 40 sex crime charges:

A self-proclaimed spiritual healer, who was charged with sexual and indecent assault offences earlier this year, has had another 40 offences added to his name.

Mohammad Hassan Manteghi, 49, also known as Man Monis, appeared in court in April on one count of sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of indecent assault, where he was refused bail.

It’s alleged Mr Manteghi, who claims to be a spiritual healer, advised a 27-year-old woman in 2002 to visit him at his business in Wentworthville in Sydney’s west after she contacted him through a ‘Spiritual Consultation’ ad in a community newspaper.

The woman was indecently assaulted during her first consultation with Manteghi in August 2002.

A week later at their next meeting, the woman was allegedly sexually assaulted.

The state’s sex crime squad has been investigating and officers charged Manteghi at his appearance at Penrith Local Court on Friday with fresh offences.

Australian news daily The Age provides several more details about a guy who clearly has issues:

Self-described cleric, Man Haron Monis, 50, first came to attention of police when he penned poisonous letters to the family of dead Australian soldiers seven years ago.

Last year he was charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife and mother of two.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

25 responses to Sydney Hostage-Taker ID’d As Accused Sex Criminal

  1. Anomaly 100 December 15th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    And he seemed like such a nice man.

    • dave-dr-gonzo December 15th, 2014 at 9:04 am

      A new-agey Islamic “ladies man” with a criminal record. Sounds like a premise for an HBO comedy series starring Sasha Baron Cohen.

      • Anomaly 100 December 15th, 2014 at 9:06 am

        I wonder if he’s the guy who wrote me on a dating site? They sound so much alike. I’m lucky like that.

    • tracey marie December 15th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Anomaly, is there anyway you can contact M D Reese, she has been missing for over a week. A few of us are friendly with her on a private blog and we are worried.

      • mea_mark December 15th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        M D Reese Disqus account appears to be gone.

        • tracey marie December 15th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

          Oh dear, gone as in deleated or gone as in no computer?

          • mea_mark December 15th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

            Gone as in it appears it was discontinued and all comments are now guest comments. If you find a conversation with her that you are sure was her, here at liberland give me a link and I might be able to find out more.

          • tracey marie December 15th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

            I have been searching, I can’t guess. I will look at the blog we frequent and see if I can find something. Thank you mea.

          • mea_mark December 15th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

            If you have a twitter account, follow me.

      • Anomaly 100 December 15th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        I’l have to ask Gene (the admin). There was a similar problem with someone at FON. I *think* the law forbids me making contact due to privacy concerns. But now you have me worried, too.

        I sure hope she’s OK.

        • tracey marie December 15th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

          She is not feeling well and the e-mail we had is not valid.

          • Anomaly 100 December 15th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

            OK now I’m really, really worried. Please keep me updated.

          • tracey marie December 15th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

            I will, RG and I have been searching for her online. If I can find a post of hers I will send her a message

  2. edmeyer_able December 15th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    So just your average loser with nothing left in his future and decides to make one final splash.

  3. edmeyer_able December 15th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Aren’t you glad we have the nra in the US to protect us from these types of situations.

  4. rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Stupid question time….if he assaulted you at the first meeting WHY go back??? In the potty when the brains were being handed out???

    • Larry Schmitt December 15th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      If people can’t take even the smallest steps to protect themselves, like staying away from people who assault you, how is anyone else supposed to protect them?

      • rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        You can’t it’s like we are being nannied to death..

  5. edmeyer_able December 15th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Mean while in the US this an everyday event and gets no coverage because the guy didn’t fly some stupid flag

  6. burqa December 15th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Why is this in News Behaving Badly?
    Shouldn’t it be in the Religion forum? After all, the guy’s faith seems to be a motivator, and that’s the place where kooks and crazies are deemed representative of the whole group.
    That way, it could be determined that all Muslims are guilty of sex crimes and murder, the same way all Christians are determined to be just like the parade of kooks that forum is devoted to.

    I mean, come on, it’s not as if that forum will ever give a balanced portrayal of any faith, right?

    • whatthe46 December 15th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      his faith did not seem to be a motivator, he used religion as a means to sexually assault his victims who were “faithful.” big difference.