A child molester who was shot in a beer garden after stabbing a cop wrote his will just before he was fatally shot, an inquest has found.
Nick Newman, 33, was killed in a standoff with police during Australia Day celebrations at the Maroubra Junction Hotel on January 26, 2018.
Officers were at Sydney’s eastern pub to arrest the martial artist on suspicion of child sex after receiving a report from a girl and her mother five days earlier.
Police fired after Newman stabbed Detective Sergeant John Breda, 47, with a knife, leaving the officer on the ground fighting for his life as blood drained from his body.
Nick Newman, 33, (pictured) was killed in a 2018 confrontation with police at the Maroubra Junction Hotel
New details about Newman’s final days emerged Monday at the NSW Coroners Court during an investigation into the death of the pedophile, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In his opening statement, counsel assisting Jane Needham SC revealed that Newman harassed the child with 80 to 90 phone calls and later told a friend to “find her.”
Officers advised the girl and her mother to remain in a location unknown to Newman, as they received a warrant for their arrest and probed his access to weapons.
Two days before the confrontation, detectives set up a WhatsApp messaging group called SEAL TEAM, after the US Navy’s elite team that killed Osama Bin Laden, dedicated to tracking down the pedophile.
In the chat, they said a serious team of outstanding high-risk offenders needed to be assembled and that Newman had access to weapons.
‘He’ll probably be tied up I guess, I bet he wants to kill his’ [alleged victim] and himself,” wrote one detective.
One of Newman’s friends, a former Australian Federal Police officer, tipped detectives that he would meet him in the pub on January 26, after which officers decided to storm the pub just after 3pm.
As they surreptitiously entered the building, the sex offender wrote his will while having a beer with friends.
Detective Sergeant John Breda (pictured, right) was stabbed during the arrest and left fighting for life
Detectives yelled “Police, get down” as they streamed into the beer garden, prompting Newman to jump up and cry “oh, f***.”
Detective Sergeant Breda had devised a strategy to grab the sex offender from behind in a bear hug to prevent him from fighting back, but the plan backfired when Newman broke free from his grasp.
Newman turned and stabbed Sergeant Breda in the hull with a nearly four-inch knife, leaving him severely injured on the ground.
Detective Senior Constable Tim Carey fired at Newman after Detective Senior Constable Benjamin Anderson’s gun failed, but the sex offender stopped.
After clearing his gun, Senior Constable Anderson fired again, knocking Newman to the ground.
But the knife was still in his hand – and in a last-ditch effort to control the situation, he tried to slit his own throat.
“Throw the knife away, you’ll bleed to death,” said one of the officers, to which Newman replied, “F*** you.”
An inquest has learned that Newman was writing his will when police approached him in the pub on Australia Day 2018. Pictured: Police at the scene of the incident
The knife wounds were only superficial and Newman died on the spot from his gunshot wounds.
Sergeant Breda suffered serious injuries, resulting in the loss of one of his kidneys, and required eight months of rehabilitation therapy.
Ms. Needham felt the officers responded reasonably to the threat they believed Newman posed, based on the evidence presented to the court.
Appearing on behalf of the police, Mark Tedeschi, QC, said that had the police not fired ‘this would be an inquest into the death of Detective Sergeant John Breda’.
He said he would file that Newman, who was a member of a survivalist social media group, planned to die and take officers with him.
“His action after being shot several times by police, literally slitting his own throat, vividly demonstrates that he fully intended to use the occasion of his arrest as an opportunity to commit suicide and kill a police officer or officers.” said Tedeschi. .
“Taking all these factors into account, Your Honor, it will be submitted that this was an example of what is colloquially known as ‘cop suicide’.”
The investigation is expected to last four weeks.