June 5th, 2017 in the bayside suburb of Brighton a shootout with police ensues, the shooter is shot dead.
The suburb where the event unfolded in the afternoon is about fifteen minutes from the city and is a quiet upper middle class area. The event was over relatively quickly and once the details were accrued a familiar story of probation, prison radicalisation and drug addiction came into sharp focus.
Yacqub Khayre, 29 was well known to police, was on probation for violent home invasion, was involved in the Holsworthy Barracks terror plot (wiki) August 2009.
Khayre and another man were acquitted. The three others, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, Saney Edow Aweys and Nayev el Sayed, were convicted and sentenced to 18 years each in prison. (update- June 2017)
The event in Brighton started with Khayre calling an escort, (a 36- year-old Colombian national living in Australia from nearby Ripponlea) to the hotel who he then tied up. Yacqub Khayre then drew the police into an ambush after calls to emergency services, shooting three officers before he was finally neutralised and shot dead. Two police officers suffered hand injuries, the third was injured in the face and neck area. Khayre also shot an killed an Australian National of Chinese origin who was working at the hotel in the downstairs entrance. Chinese media reporting that the man was “married fifteen days ago and has a child“
Update: Kai Hao, 36, identified as the man shot in downstairs area. (The Age)
Yacqub Khayre had tampered with his probation ankle tracker which had been noted by G4S and reported to Victorian Police. Khayre had called a local news station claiming the attack “this is for ISIS”, however this seems to be a red herring. (Note – the event is not listed in Rumiyah 10, see below)
“We have hundreds of people that we need to try and keep an eye on and we do that in conjunction with the commonwealth intelligence agencies and the Australian federal police,” – Police Commissioner Ashton
“He wasn’t someone who we had heightened concerns about at the moment.” – Police Commissioner Ashton
Again it is the jails where this radicalisation repeats.
“Most recently he’s done some prison time in relation to reckless intent to cause injury and whilst in prison was processed as well for arson whilst in the corrections system.”
Victoria’s budget for de-radicalising programs is $6.385 million over four years. The programs has twenty two participants.
Below is an evidence bag taken at the scene
The Australian Prime Minister has pushed states to reform probation laws questioning how Khayre was allowed out in the community after perpetrating violent crimes. (Guardian)
“a very long record of violence”,
“He was a known violent offender … How was he out on parole?” …..these equations are echoed throughout communities around Australia.
The reality is that a shoplifter will get more jail time than a violent offender who has a refugee background. Police are told to “go easy on them”.
Update = Wikileaks document with regard to Operation Neath (here)
And the arrest in August 2009 (here)
UPDATE – firearms charges laid following arrest of fourth person (ABC)
A fourth man has been charged in connection with allegedly supplying a weapon used in the deadly Brighton siege in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old man from Greenvale, in Melbourne’s north, is facing six charges, including possessing a firearm and ammunition and two counts of being an unlicensed firearms dealer.
Three other people — a 47-year-old West Meadows man, a 25-year-old Gladstone Park man and a 30-year-old Ascot Vale man — have already been charged with firearms offences in connection with the Brighton incident on June 5th.