Man in court after toddler hostage drama

Last updated 16:25 12/06/2012

Relevant offers

Australia

Murder accused used app to locate victim Queensland Police commissioner ordered to pay drunk driver $1938 Taronga Zoo greets gorilla baby while courts decide if great apes should be free Breastfeeding in public should not be an issue - cafe owner Man kicked out of cafe for complaining about breastfeeding mum Charlotte Dawson's beyond the grave visits to Australia's Next Top Model protege Australia's looking at a $100 billion black hole Details of Australia's same-sex marriage bill released Man faked identity to get Australian citizenship after stealing $21m and fleeing China, police say Gina Rinehart saga has more twists to come

A man has been charged following a six-hour suburban siege north-west of Melbourne during which a toddler was allegedly used as a shield.

Anthony Moana, 50, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court today on 10 charges and was quickly remanded into custody.

Officers had earlier arrived at a Kurunjang home, in the city's far outer fringe, around 8pm (local time) yesterday, after reports of a neighbourhood assault.

Police say a man had been armed with a knife and began threatening officers before barricading himself inside the home with an 18-month-old boy and a 55-year-old woman.

"The offender nursed the child for the length of the siege, using the child in some ways as a shield," Inspector Ian Geddes had earlier told the Nine Network.

Police moved into the home and arrested the man about 2am on Tuesday after a fire was allegedly lit inside the home.

Moana is facing charges of arson, criminal damage by fire endangering life, intentionally damaging property, reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct causing serious injury, escape from prison/police jail, two counts of making threats to kill and two counts of assaulting police.

He will appear in court again on September 3.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content