A long-time criminal is the terrorist behind the deadly Brighton siege that claimed the life of an innocent apartment clerk.
The Somalian-born man, 29, had served jail time over a violent burglary in 2012 and was on parole at the time of Monday’s siege, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said.
Mr Ashton said he had been on parole since being released from prison last November and “there was nothing wrong with his parole until yesterday.”
The man – who we will not be naming – also spent 16 months on remand before being acquitted of the 2009 Holsworthy army barracks terror plot in Sydney.
He lived in the Melbourne suburb Roxburgh Park with his mother and police will search their home on Tuesday, as well as continue work at the Bay St serviced apartment block.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Monday’s incident, but Mr Ashton downplayed their statement.
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“We’re aware of, online, them having claimed responsibility, but then they always tend to jump up and claim responsibility every time something happens,” he told reporters.