Sydney Hostage-Taker ID’d As Accused Sex Criminal
[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.