2 hostages say they plotted to stab gunman in Sydney siege

2015-02-08 12:00
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie pay their respect to the victims of the siege in Martin Place, Sydney. (File: AP)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie pay their respect to the victims of the siege in Martin Place, Sydney. (File: AP)

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Canberra, Australia - Two staff members of a Sydney cafe say they plotted to stab a gunman who held them hostage during a 16-hour siege in December.

Joel Herat and Jarrod Hoffman revealed in paid interviews broadcast Sunday by Nine Network television that they had armed themselves with box cutters after gunman Man Horan Monis took them and 16 others hostage in downtown Sydney.

Hoffman said if someone had jumped Monis, he "would stab him in the jugular" artery.

But Hoffman was concerned that Monis had his sawed-off shotgun pointed at a pregnant hostage.

A coroner's court was told last month that the cafe's manager was killed by Monis after a second group of hostages escaped.

Police then stormed the cafe, fatally shooting Monis and accidentally killing a hostage.

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