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Sunshine Coast's pregnant siege victim 'begged for life'

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

FORMER Sunshine Coast resident Harriette Denny has revealed the terrifying moments she was forced to beg for her life at the hands of crazed gunman Man Haron Monis.

The 30-year-old barista was one of 18 hostages trapped in the deadly siege inside the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in December.

In a promo trailer of her upcoming interview with Nine's 60 Minutes, Ms Denny speaks through tears.

Ms Denny shares her fear of dying during the siege which led to the death of her boss Tori Johnson and fellow hostage and barrister Katrina Dawson.

She said her last moments in front of the gunman were filled with appreciation for being able to experience the joy of being pregnant.

"I was very grateful I was able to experience the pure love and happiness of being pregnant," she says

"At that time I remember thinking if he shoots me, as long as I don't feel it or see it coming, I'd be okay with that.

"We had to beg for our lives. He was going to shoot someone."

Ms Denny was one of the final group of six to escape from the cafe, she is seen in media photos with her hands in the air wearing the Lindt uniform.

At the time of the siege her Sunshine Coast father Rob Denny, the owner of the Hidden Bean Café in Maroochydore said the family was very relieved she was alive but would not be celebrating.

"It is not time to celebrate. Harriette has lost a valued friend and work colleague," he said.

Channel Nine confirms they will feature at least eight of the hostages and their stories from inside the Lindt cafe

There is speculation that Nine may pay up to $1 million in total for all their stories 
 

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