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Uni lecturer ‘who downed three wine bottles then stabbed six teens’ charged with attempted murder

University lecturer ‘who downed three bottles of wine before stabbing six teenagers in a park’ is charged with attempted murder and denied bail

  • Shannon Morrison, 34, is alleged to have attacked group of six teenagers 
  • Incident began with Morrison accused of ‘staring at one of the youth’s sisters’
  • Morrison allegedly then produced a switchblade before slashing the teenagers
  • Bail refused on Friday in Hornsby Local Court, with Morrison in court in March 

A university lecturer who allegedly drank three bottles of wine before stabbing six teenagers has been charged with attempted murder.

Shannon Morrison, 34, allegedly attacked the youngsters in Turramurra, on Sydney’s leafy north shore, after one of the youths told the man to ‘stop staring at my sister.’

The pharmaceutical medicine and neuroscience masters graduate was charged with attempted murder, six counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and affray.

He is accused of stabbing the teens — all between the ages 15 and 19 — in Gilroy Rd, Turramurra, around 11.40pm on January 12.

Shannon Morrison (pictured) has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing six teenagers in Turramurra, on Sydney’s upper north shore

Shannon Morrison (pictured right) has been charged with with attempted murder, six counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and affray

Shannon Morrison (pictured right) has been charged with with attempted murder, six counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and affray

A few hours earlier Morrison was refused service from neighbouring Kipling’s Garage Bar due to his level of intoxication.

On Friday in Hornsby Local Court, police facts stated the incident in Turramarra escalated when Morrison pulled out a switchblade and slashed the youngsters before they then set upon him.

The prosecution said Morrison threw away his weapon when police arrived at the scene.

Bail was denied, despite Morrison’s parents offering up a $1.2 million surety.

The Hornsby resident, who has a six-year-old daughter, appeared in court via phone link from Westmead Hospital.

He remains under police guard suffering head and chest injuries.

A Mt Ku-ring-gai boy, 17, underwent emergency surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital for stab wounds to his throat, chest and abdomen.

Shannon Morrison (pictured) is alleged to have attacked six teenagers in a frenzied attack recently on Sydney's north shore

Shannon Morrison (pictured) is alleged to have attacked six teenagers in a frenzied attack recently on Sydney’s north shore

A girl, 16, also underwent surgery for wounds to her neck and arm.

A 19-year-old Hornsby man, a 15-year-old Berowra boy and two 17-year-old boys from Berowra and Mount Colah have all been released from Westmead Hospital following treatment.

Michael Blair, Morrison’s defence lawyer, said his client was defending himself at the scene, with the accused returning to court in March.

 

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