GUNMAN Man Haron Monis told his wife he "wanted to become a martyr", an inquest into the Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney has been told.
Sylvia Martin worked in 2012 with Monis and his wife Noleen Pal, who was later stabbed and burned to death outside her home.
Monis was accused of being an accessory to the murder allegedly carried out by his girlfriend Amirah Drudis, whose case is before the courts.
Ms Martin said Monis thought he was a "hero in his own story", but did not believe his alleged claim to his wife that he wished to be martyred.
"I got the impression of a man who wanted attention," Ms Martin said.
She said Ms Pal told her Monis, who went by the name Michael Hayson Stavros when they were married, started to become controlling and manipulative in 2007.
The court has heard he lived in a separate house, but would regularly visit Ms Pal and shut all the curtains to her home to stop anyone from spying on him.
He also started making his wife cover her hair, although she was not a Muslim, and forbade their sons from socialising with non-Muslim children.
The inquest continues.
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