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Brekky Wrap: Lindt Cafe Siege Sniper Claims Tori Johnson's Death Was Preventable

All the news you need to know this Monday.

A police sniper involved in the Lindt Cafe siege claims the death of Tori Johnson could have been prevented if his team was given the right information. Mark Davidson, who was the chief sniper with the Police Tactical Operations Unit during the incident in 2014, said there were a number of opportunities to get a clear shot of gunman Man Haron Monis but he was plagued by the possibility of facing a murder charge should he be wrong.

“You’re weighing up shooting someone and if you think you’re not justified then you’re facing murder charges yourself,” he told Nine's 60 Minutes. "There was some doubt in my mind as to whether I was justified in shooting him... so I didn't". Davidson labelled Johnson's death "preventable" and said a breakdown in communications meant critical information never made it to police commanders. “In my opinion, I believe Tori was a preventable death. I’ve lived with that for years. It’s the call I made at the time, and I have to live with it”.

Sniper Mark Davidson said Tori Johnson's life could have been spared. Photo: Nine/AAP

Two young people are dead, another is fighting for life after a fiery crash in Melbourne’s south-east. Two cars collided on Ferntree Gully Road in Oakleigh East at about 8pm Sunday night, one of the vehicles burst into flames. Two people, who escaped serious injury, are assisting police with their enquiries.

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A woman is due to front court this morning, accused of running over and killing her daughter and friend. Police were called to a shopping centre at Nambucca Heads on the NSW mid-north coast late on Saturday night but despite efforts to resuscitate the women, both died at the scene. A 52-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter.

READ MORE: Two Women Die After Being Hit By A Car At Shopping Centre

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Overseas -- Protestors and riot police have again clashed in Hong Kong as thousands marched through the city ahead of communist China’s upcoming 70th anniversary. Officers fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons in response to protestors hurling rocks and petrol bombs.

A pro-democracy protester throws a tear gas canister back at police amid clashes during a march on September 29, 2019 Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied claims he squeezed a journalist’s thigh during a lunch 20 years ago. The woman alleges it took place while he was the editor of a magazine.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson Denies Groping Journalist Under Table During Private Lunch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies groping the journalist. Photo: Michael Kappeler/Getty Images

Back home, major seizures of the drug ice slash consumption for only a short time. An Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report shows usage across capital cities drops for two-to-four months before soaring back similar or higher levels. It's the first time data has shown a drop in drug use. ACIC chief executive Michael Phelan told The Australian that the report would allow government agencies to "come in hard" with demand-reduction strategies at the right time.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk showed off a towering prototype of his next-generation stainless steel "Starship." He told reporters on Sunday that the first passengers could do a round-trip to Mars within a year.

A SpaceX "Starship" prototype being built at the company's South Texas test site Photo: William Harwood via CBS News

The Wallabies have gone down to Wales 29-25 in the Rugby World Cup.The Aussies sit second in their group and take on Uruguay this Saturday.

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