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NSW coroner Michael Barnes has criticised many aspects of how police responded to the Lindt Cafe siege.

Handing down his findings from an 18-month inquest into the siege yesterday, Barnes said police underestimated the threat gunman Man Haron Monis posed, let phone calls by hostages go unanswered and relied on unreliable advice from a contracted psychiatrist who was unqualified for the situation. Barnes highlighted the 10-minute gap between Monis firing the first shot at 2.03am and police storming the cafe, finding that hostage “Tori Johnson was executed in the meantime before the decision to enter the cafe was made”.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper