Harriette Denny is released from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place where she had been kept hostage for 16 hours
Harriette Denny is released from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place where she had been kept hostage for 16 hours

Father will not celebrate as daughter freed from Sydney siege

THE father of a Sunshine Coast woman held hostage for 16 hours during the Sydney siege will not celebrate his daughter's release out of respect for those killed.

Rob Denny's 30-year-old daughter Harriette was working as a barista at the Martin Place Lindt Chocolate Café.

"I saw her on TV running out of the building at 2am," he said.

"She was one of the group of six out.

"We had been watching all day, trying to get as much information as we could.

"We are very relieved she is alive but we won't be celebrating.

"It is not time to celebrate." 

Mr Denny said his daughter was grieving the loss of her colleague and good friend who was killed during the siege.


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The Sunshine Coast businessman and owner of the Hidden Bean café in Maroochydore has been able to speak with his daughter twice this morning.

"She is distressed and shaken but OK," he said.

"Harriette is a strong, fun and caring person who would have helped out anyone yesterday.

"She really cares about her colleagues.

"She had been working there for almost a year.

"Her workmates were a unit, like another family."

Mr Denny said she was unable to discuss what happened during those harrowing 16 hours.

Harriette is recovering with her partner and close network of friends in Sydney.

He said his thoughts were with those families who lost loved ones.

"If there weren't  fatalities, we would be celebrating.

"But there is and it could have easily been Harriette who didn't make it out alive."

Mr Denny said the Maroochydore café would remain closed today but would open tomorrow.

He thanked the Sunshine Coast community for their support during the past 24 hours.


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