The Sydney Café at the centre of the siege last December has made itself the centre of attention once again.
A former National Basketball League player is accused of throwing rocks at the Lindt café in Martin Place overnight. Police say Luke Martin threw rocks through the café’s windows and, a short time later, police allegedly found him driving down the wrong side of the road on Elizabeth Street. Police followed the car until it came to a stop in Darlinghurst Road.
According to a NSW Police statement, the driver left the car and threw a bag at the officers. As they tried to arrest him, the former basketball player allegedly broke a constable’s jaw and kicked him on the knee.
Police opposed bail and argued he was a threat to the community. Magistrate Megan Greenwood refused bail, Fairfax Media reported. Channel Nine obtained security footage from a business in Martin Place which shows a man wheeling what seems to be a small shopping trolley that is placed on the ground next to the Lindt café.
The man took rocks out of the bag and threw them at the window, then walked away. NSW police Commissioner Andrew Scipione concluded that “it’s certainly outrageous that anyone would choose to attack the building.”