By court reporter Jamelle Wells
A Lindt Cafe worker considered stabbing Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis with a pair of scissors but could not bring himself to do it, an inquest has heard.
Joel Herat, who still works at the cafe, was among 18 hostages held at gunpoint by Monis during a 17-hour ordeal in December 2014.
Mr Herat said he decided against stabbing the gunman in the neck as he believed the risks were too high.
“I’ve never stabbed someone in my life… It’s not something you do every day,” he said.
The inquest heard Mr Herat feared people would die if he botched the attack.
Mr Herat told the inquest his colleague Jarrod Morton Hoffman also gave him a Stanley knife to hide in his apron “just in case” after Monis ordered staff to close the cafe.
Escapes would be Tori Johnson’s fault: Monis
The inquest also heard Monis tried to manipulate his hostages into thinking he was nice and told them an escape would be cafe manager Tori Johnson’s responsibility.
Monis ultimately shot and killed Mr Johnson, prompting the storming of the Lindt Cafe by Tactical Operation Unit (TOU) officers that ended the siege.
TOU officers shot and killed Monis, while hostage Katrina Dawson was killed after being hit by fragments of police bullets that bounced off the cafe walls.
During the siege, cafe worker Elly Chen escaped through a side exit with another hostage, April Bae, after crawling under a table.