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Mystery Shrouds Loner with Thirst for Religion

Work colleagues say that David Robinson became ‘terribly traumatised’ after his marriage break-up in 2000 and turned increasingly to religion. As the debate over Australia’s airport security continued yesterday, police were investigating the background of David Mark Robinson, the man being held under guard in Melbourne Assessment Prison’s acute assessment unit. Central to their investigation was the question: what would have happened had Robinson managed to gain control of the cockpit of Qantas Flight 1737 to Launceston? The would-be hijacker was last night emerging as a religious fanatic whose world began to slide out of control last Easter. But 40-year-old Robinson started showing strain four years ago. A character snapshot of Robinson, before religion, loneliness and perhaps superstitious fear engulfed him, shows a highly intelligent, animated family man with a bright future. Full Story

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