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SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - A young man who murdered Inspector Bryson Anderson with a hunting knife following a protracted siege at his mother's property has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.
Mitchell Barbieri, who escaped the mandatory life sentence reserved for cop killers, broke down as he was sentenced to a maximum 35 years at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
His mother Fiona, meanwhile was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and six months for the manslaughter of the officer and various other offences.
Inspector Bryson Anderson's wife, brothers and parents, along with other close family and friends filled the upper gallery of the Supreme Court in Darlinghurst for the pair's sentencing.
Downstairs, his uniformed colleagues from his local area command packed the seats to hear about the final moments of their much-loved mate.
In handing down his sentence, Justice Robert Hulme began by paying tribute to the "loyal, caring, humble, ethical, honest ... good man".
Insp Anderson had visited the Barbieri's rural Oakville property in Sydney's northwest on December 6, 2012, after reports Mitchell had been shooting arrows at his neighbour.
Following a protracted siege, Mitchell lunged toward Insp Anderson.
"He plunged a hunting knife deep into the officer's chest causing virtually immediate death," Justice Hulme said.
On the day their trial was due to start this year, Mitchell pleaded guilty to murder while his mother Fiona, 46, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of substantial impairment.
Fiona sat expressionless as Justice Hulme recounted how she was once a senior executive at American Express, but by about 2008 had experienced late-onset paranoid schizophrenia.
She became increasingly paranoid she was being persecuted by police and political leaders, and her life began to fall apart.
By the time of Insp Anderson's death, Mitchell had taken on his mother's delusions.
Since being in prison, he was unable to understand what he had been thinking and was "heartbroken", the court heard.
But Justice Hulme said although the Barbieris regretted what had happened, he was not persuaded either was genuinely remorseful because they had not accepted responsibility.

By Ava Benny-Morrison
SYDNEY, Dec 17 AAP - They have seen the fear in people's eyes but NSW police want Sydneysiders to know they are safe.
Hundreds of police have hit the streets around the city's popular locations, including Martin Place and Circular Quay, after Sydney's fatal siege.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller said police had noticed the huge numbers of friends, families and strangers flocking to Martin Place since the hostage situation gripped the city on Monday.
"We see the fear in their eyes and we want to let them know that we are out there to know they are safe and they can go about their business like normal," he told reporters on Wednesday.
The increased round-the-clock policing, part of Operation Hammerhead, comes as a man was charged for allegedly threatening to destroy the Auburn mosque on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old allegedly called the mosque and made a number of threats.
Police arrested him in Dural in Sydney's northwest and he was charged with four offences, including threatening to destroy property.
The 30-year-old was granted bail to appear in court next year.
Mr Fuller said there had been some issues of hate and bias crime but said it was minimal compared to the outpouring of support.
"You have all seen the flowers down at Martin Place," he said.
On Wednesday officers remained at the Lindt cafe in Martin Place examining the scene of the fatal siege.
It's expected the crime scene examination could wrap up by Wednesday afternoon, Mr Fuller said.
"We are anticipating hopefully by the end of today the crime scene will be handed back to the owners of the store," he said.
A very experienced detective inspector is carrying out the critical incident investigation into the siege, Mr Fuller said.
But there is no time frame on when it would be completed, he added.

By Ava Benny-Morrison
SYDNEY, Dec 17 AAP - A police officer is back at work after being hit in the face with a shotgun pellet at the height of a siege at a Sydney cafe that ended with the deaths of two hostages.
The 39-year-old, who can't be named, was rushed to hospital early on Tuesday morning and was discharged the same day.
It's understood he had a pellet graze on his cheek after police stormed the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in the CBD, where a gunman was holding 17 people hostage.
Shaken but undeterred, the injured officer told his superiors he would be back at work on Wednesday.
And he stuck to his word.
"My understanding is he is back at work," Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller said.
"He is a very brave person.
"You think about the hostages and the police that went into that cafe and the bravery they all showed, I don't think words could ever possibly explain it."
Six people were taken to hospital after the siege, including three women with gunshot wounds.
Hostages Katrina Dawson, a barrister, and Tori Johnson, the cafe manager were killed.
Gunman Man Haron Monis died at the scene.

SYDNEY, Dec 17 AAP - The state's top cop has weighed into the bail debate, saying police had long-held concerns that the Sydney siege gunman had been free to roam the streets.
Man Haron Monis entered the popular Lindt Chocolat cafe in Sydney's CBD on Monday morning in a fatal siege, which ended with the deaths of two of his hostages.
Amid public outcry over why the mentally unstable Monis was not behind bars despite having a long history of alleged violence, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said his officers had always thought Monis should not have been granted bail.
"We were concerned that this man got bail from the very beginning," he told reporters on Wednesday.
But Mr Scipione stressed it was ultimately up to the courts to make bail decisions.
"We can apply and seek to have offenders like this not in circulation but of course we don't make the final determination," he said.
"Whilst we sought to have his bail refused, that wasn't to be."
Mr Scipione was also asked whether he thought Monis should have been watched more closely.
"We work on a priority based system," he said.
"If somebody is on a national security watchlist, then we pay particular attention to them.
"But on this occasion, this particular individual was not."
He noted that Monis's charges were not related to political violence.
Responding to reports that the elite special forces could have been called in, the commissioner defended his officers, who do this work "every day of every week".
"They are not just well-trained, they are well-practised because they do this every day," he said.
"As opposed to a group that may not do it as often."
Before handing over a situation to the military, protocol is that all state resources need to be exhausted and that was not the case, Mr Scipione said.

By Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer
CANBERRA, Dec 17 AAP - Tony Abbott says he wants quick answers from a review into the Sydney cafe siege.
The head of the prime minister's department and NSW Premier Mike Baird's most senior public servant will examine how Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis was granted citizenship and came to the attention of police and spy agencies.
Mr Abbott also said he wanted to know how a man with a history of violence had a gun licence.
Court documents from 2011 reveal Monis had a gun licence while working as a security officer but it had expired, but NSW Police say there's no record of him having held a firearms licence.
Monis, who had been on bail as an alleged accessory to murder, and two hostages died at the end of the Lindt cafe siege early Tuesday morning.
He had also been on an ASIO watch list in 2008 when he sent offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers, but dropped off the list.
"We do need to have the answers as quickly as possible so that any lessons can be put into place as quickly as possible," Mr Abbott said.
Immigration laws will also be reviewed to remove any doubts about gaps in security checks, he said.
Mr Abbott all but confirmed Iran had previously sought Monis for extradition over fraud charges.
"I share the exasperation of the Australian public at what appears to be someone who has been having a lend of us at the very least for so many years," he said.
A committee examining new data retention laws - the third round of counter-terrorism measures proposed by the Abbott government - held a minute's silence before taking evidence from security officials.
ASIO deputy director-general Kerri Hartland said her agency was working with NSW and federal police to investigate the siege.
She said terrorist attacks against Australia were not hypothetical.

By Lauren Farrow
SYDNEY, Dec 16 AAP - Bail laws in NSW are set to come under fresh scrutiny because the gunman in the Sydney siege was released from custody despite facing more than 40 offences.
Man Haron Monis, 50, first gained notoriety when he penned a series of grossly offensive letters to grieving families of several soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
He was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond for this in 2013.
But within a year he had been charged with being an accessory to his ex-wife's murder and more than 40 sex offences against several women.
Noleen Hayson Pal, 30, was stabbed to death and set alight in April 2013 in a Werrington unit block in western Sydney.
Monis's then partner, Amirah Droudis, 34, has been charged with her murder.
Monis had been released on bail in December last year on the accessory charge under the old bail laws.
Magistrate William Pierce said at the time the crown's case was weak and that the pair did not represent a threat to the public.
"If there is a threat it was to this woman who was murdered," Mr Pierce said.
When he reappeared in court in May and again in October this year over the fresh sexual assault offences, his bail was continued under the new laws.
Monis was deemed to pose an "unacceptable risk to interfering with witnesses or evidence" but that was said to be offset by tough conditions, including reporting daily to police.
The decision came amidst outcry over the new bail regime within a month of it coming into effect in May after accused murderer Steven Frank Fesus and former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi were released from custody.

By Peter Trute

SYDNEY, Dec 16 AAP - As tributes pile up and grief sets in for victims of the Sydney cafe siege, attention is turning to how a lone gunman with an extensive criminal history was free on bail to commit a shocking act of terror.
Sydneysiders are delivering bouquets of flowers to an ever-growing makeshift shrine on Martin Place not far from the Lindt cafe where barrister Katrina Dawson and shop manager Tori Johnson lost their lives in a violent end to a 16-hour siege early on Tuesday morning.
Grief-stricken families and colleagues have expressed heartbreak at their loss.
"We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for," the family of 34-year-old Mr Johnson said in a statement.
Ms Dawson, 38, was the mother of three young children as well as a talented commercial lawyer.
She was remembered as "one of our best and brightest" by NSW Bar Association president Jane Needham.
Her former school, the prestigious Ascham in Sydney's east, said Katrina was much-loved and affectionately remembered.
"Our hearts go out to Katrina's entire family, including her husband Paul, and her children, Chloe, Sasha, and Oliver," Head of School Andrew Powell said.
The gunman who held Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson hostage along with 15 others was Man Haron Monis - a 50-year-old self-styled Islamic cleric well known to police who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Iran in 1996.
Monis was already on bail after being charged with being an accessary to the murder of his ex-wife in 2013 and his bail was continued when dozens of indecent and sexual assault allegations were brought against him earlier this year.
He had previously been convicted of sending offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers and was sentenced to community service.
NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said there were questions to be answered.
"We are asking state agencies and federal agencies to look very closely at how this offender slipped through the cracks," he told reporters on Tuesday.

By Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer
CANBERRA, Dec 16 AAP - Tony Abbott will urgently review how a lone gunman known to federal police and ASIO was able to take hostages in a Sydney cafe.
Self-proclaimed cleric Man Haron Monis and two of his hostages died at the end of a 16-hour siege in Sydney's CBD, in the Lindt cafe before dawn on Tuesday.
Monis was bailed last year in NSW on an accessory-to-murder charge and was also facing a series of indecent and sexual assault charges.
He had also threatened the families of dead Australian soldiers and publicly challenged Mr Abbott to a debate over the merits of the Afghanistan war.
The prime minister said the national security committee of cabinet was seeking answers to questions on the minds of all Australians, as the tragedy echoed around the world.
"How can someone who has had such a long and chequered history not be on the appropriate watch lists and how can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?" Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney.
"These are questions that we need to look at carefully and calmly and methodically, to learn the right lessons, and to act upon them."
Mr Abbott said agencies and the government had been responding effectively since terrorists began threatening acts of random violence against Australians.
But had the "sick and disturbed" individual behind the siege been on a watchlist it was still possible the incident could have occurred.
"The level of control that would be necessary to prevent people from going about their daily life, would be very, very high indeed."
Government MPs have questioned why Monis was not already in jail.
Liberal MP Alex Hawke wrote on Twitter: "We must also ask our judicial system why a known criminal who hated our country was not in prison."
Mr Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in Martin Place on Tuesday.

By Ava Benny-Morrison
SYDNEY, Dec 2 AAP - The NSW Police Force has dismissed calls for sniffer dogs to be banned, despite claims people are being humiliated after being wrongly identified by the drug-detecting canines.
Government data obtained by the NSW Greens shows out of the 735 strip searches conducted in 2013 because of a police drug dog indication, no drugs were found in 61 per cent of cases.
The Greens say up to 500 innocent people a year are being put through "appalling humiliation" on the basis of wrong drug indications from sniffer dogs.
When drugs are found, it is normally only a small amount, Greens MP David Shoebridge says.
"Where have we got to in this state when police are routinely stripping people down, getting them to squat naked over a mirror and then staring up their backsides, on the basis of a drug dog indication that is wrong two-thirds of the time?" he said in a statement.
"No one should be subject to this level of humiliation and embarrassment on such a flimsy and obviously flawed basis."
NSW Police says officers don't carry out cavity searches and a majority of personal searches don't involve the use of a drug detection dog.
More than 80 per cent of sniffer dog indications result in drugs being found or a person admitting to recently having contact with drugs, police say.
"Any suggestion otherwise is incorrect," a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Drug dogs were used at the weekend's Sydney music festival Stereosonic and 221 people were charged with drug offences.
A community meeting on the issue was held on Monday in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Redfern, where people are 6.5 time more likely to be searched than at Central station, the data shows.
Greens candidate for Newtown, Jenny Leong, says that if elected at the March state election, she will introduce a bill to end the NSW Police's sniffer dog program.

SYDNEY, Dec 1 AAP - Sydney's lockout laws will be relaxed for New Year's Eve, a year after the one-punch death that prompted their introduction.
The 1.30am lockout will be extended until 3am on December 31 over concerns revellers alighting from boats will not be able to make it to pubs and clubs in time.
Last drinks will remain at 3am and trading hours will remain the same.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the change would avoid potential panic as crowds rushed to get to the city centre before the lockout.
"We do realise that Sydney on New Year's Eve is really ... the focal point for Australia when it comes to crowds," he told reporters on Monday.
"We are looking forward to a much more peaceful NYE celebration this year."
Liquor laws in NSW were strengthened following the one-punch death of Daniel Christie in January.
The 18-year-old had his life support turned off more than a week after he was knocked to the ground and hit his head on concrete in Kings Cross last New Year's Eve.
Some groups pointed out that Mr Christie was punched about 9pm, and a 1.30am lockout would not have saved him.
Police Association vice-president Pat Gooley says it is more important people are cut off from drinking than locked out of venues.
"Of all the measures they could relax for one night, the lockout is probably the one that causes us the least concern," he told AAP on Monday.
"All our research shows the most effective measure is the three o'clock cessation of trade."
The association, which was not consulted before the changes, wants the effects of the extended period to be measured.
Deputy premier and hospitality minister Troy Grant has not ruled out changing the lockout for other major events if New Year's Eve goes smoothly.