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Mentally disabled riot suspect released on bail

He was granted bail to live with his father in Cecil Hills under a series of conditions, including daily reporting to the police station, a curfew and a ban from the suburb of Wakeley.

There was a heavy police presence outside Wakeley Church on Monday.

There was a heavy police presence outside Wakeley Church on Monday.Credit: Wolter Peeters

Dani Mansour, 19, was the first person to appear in court over the riot. After being released on bail on Thursday, Mansour said his decision to participate was a mistake.

On Saturday, Fairfield electrician Sam Haddad, 53, was released on bail after police arrested him on two counts – one of rioting and one of threatening violence/causing fear in Wakeley on Monday evening.

Police will allege that Haddad shouted outside the church: “He (the accused teen) is not leaving her alive.”

According to police, 51 officers were injured and paramedics had to hide in the church for more than three hours during the riot. It took a police helicopter, the tactical unit and dozens of uniformed officers several hours to quell the crowd, using tear gas to clear rioters from the church.

Police battled to contain the riot that broke out outside Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley after a large crowd gathered on Monday evening.

Police battled to contain the riot that broke out outside Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley after a large crowd gathered on Monday evening.Credit: Wolter Peeters

Last week, NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb warned about 50 people wanted for offenses outside the church that they would be targeted.

“That is unacceptable and those involved in that riot can expect a knock on the door,” Webb said Tuesday.

“Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but we will find you and come and arrest you. That is completely unacceptable.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said: “This is a time when police must be allowed to do their job, respected for the professionalism they continue to demonstrate, and Australians can have every confidence in the professionalism of our agencies.”