With the NSW Coroner due to deliver his findings next week, Four Corners will present the first episode in a two-part special investigation into the Lindt Café siege on Monday.
Sarah Ferguson talks exclusively with the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson about their experience on the day and their devastation, anger and frustrations in the aftermath of the siege.
The program examines how authorities over several years failed to comprehend the risk posed by hostage taker Man Haron Monis and surviving hostages recount their terrifying ordeal as they waited, hour after hour, for the police to arrive.
Part two of the investigation (to air on Monday, May 29) will look at the police operation on the day and bring you a forensic examination of how the disaster unfolded.
Monis took hostages in the café in Sydney’s Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in the name of the Islamic State terrorist group, holding them with a sawn-off shotgun and claiming to have a bomb in a backpack, which proved to be false.
Police ended the 16-hour siege at 2.13am the following day after Monis shot café manager Johnson dead, with officers killing the gunman and, in the crossfire, Dawson, a barrister, who was another hostage.
The NSW Coroner will deliver his findings next Wednesday.
Part One of The Lindt Café Siege goes to air on Monday at 8.30pm on ABC & ABC iview. It is replayed on Tuesday at 10am and Wednesday at 11pm. It can also be seen on the ABC News channel on Saturday, May at 8pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.