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Blacktown Boys High School photos reveal Sydney stabber Mert Ney as an innocent, cheerful child

A school photo taken of Mert Nay in Year 8 shows the otherwise ‘lonely and weird’ teenager smiling in his Blacktown Boys High School uniform

He looks like any other cheeky, innocent teenager posing for a school photo.

Years later, Mert Ney would stand accused of shutting down Sydney’s CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 21-year-old sex worker dead and another woman wounded.

Ney, also 21, was arrested at about 2pm on Tuesday after he was stopped in his tracks by heroic bystanders, who used chairs and milk crates to pin him down on Wynyard Street.

The bloodied knifeman was earlier seen on the corner of King and Clarence Street, wielding a large blade and calling on someone to shoot him.  

Those scenes were a far cry from school photo taken of him in Year 8, showing the otherwise ‘lonely and weird’ teenager smiling in his Blacktown Boys High School uniform. 

Ney grew up in a weatherboard home in Marayong, near Blacktown, the middle sibling of two and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents.

‘He was not much of a talker,’ said Reen Elomari, who went to primary school with Ney at Marayong Public.

Mert Ney, 21, was arrested after he was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm using chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street (pictured)

Mert Ney, 21, was arrested after he was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm using chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street (pictured) 

Mert Ney (pictured), 21, was arrested after he was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm on Tuesday in Sydney's CBD

Mert Ney (pictured), 21, was arrested after he was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm on Tuesday in Sydney’s CBD

Mert Ney stands accused of shutting down Sydney's CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 21-year-old sex worker dead (pictured)

Mert Ney stands accused of shutting down Sydney’s CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 21-year-old sex worker dead (pictured) 

‘He always used to walk fast, not many friends, never used to say anything.

‘I always used to see him roam around the streets alone. I would see him around my house. I’d see him maybe a couple of times [at the shops at Westpoint], just alone’.

One of his sisters would play hot potato in the front yard of one of Ms Elomari’s relatives, but the shy boy refused to participate and would stand there with his arms crossed.

‘He’d say, ”time to go home”,’ she recalled.

But she and family members said they never would have anticipated the violence and were stunned when Facebook began lighting up with reports of the identity of the accused knifeman.

Another neighbour, Jenny Threadgold, said he was believed to have mental health problems and reports have claimed he had absconded from a treatment facility in recent days.

Friends who went to school with Ney claim he had recently converted to Islam and was an ‘odd person’. 

A man who was in the same class as the alleged attacker at the high school said he was shocked at reports he was behind the attacks.

‘I always thought he was a bit weird and he was always posting about converting [to Islam] and stuff like that,’ the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

‘[But] I didn’t expect him to go this far.’

Stunned onlookers were scene frozen in the street as the man with a knife began his rampage through the streets

Stunned onlookers were scene frozen in the street as the man with a knife began his rampage through the streets

Ney, 21, grew up in a weatherboard home (pictured) in Marayong, near Blacktown, the middle sibling of two siblings and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents

Ney, 21, grew up in a weatherboard home (pictured) in Marayong, near Blacktown, the middle sibling of two siblings and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents

The alleged attacker was seen running down the pavement and at one point kicked a parked bicycle at a member of the public

The alleged attacker was seen running down the pavement and at one point kicked a parked bicycle at a member of the public 

The Marayong home of suspect Mert Nay was being searched by NSW Police on Tuesday night in Sydney's west

The Marayong home of suspect Mert Nay was being searched by NSW Police on Tuesday night in Sydney’s west

While the friend claims Ney was recently converted, the 21-year-old is understood to have fled from a mental health facility before the rampage.

Ney’s Facebook page has since been deleted, but another school friend claims to have spoken to him just last week.

The friend said he spoke to the knifeman last week and said he had planned to attend a music festival 

HOW THE SYDNEY CBD HOMICIDE AND STABBING UNFOLDED: 

* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.

* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.

* A short time later, three members of the public detain the 21-year-old attacker, before he’s arrested by police.

* 3.15pm: The body of a 21-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.

* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.

* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals the alleged attacker – 21-year-old Mert Ney – has a history of mental health issues.

* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.

* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.

* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home.

‘He just had a vibe, he was just an odd person – he didn’t have many friends,’ they said. 

Police said Ney had previously been pinged for a series of minor crimes but nothing that compares to this. 

According to The Daily Telegraph, Ney had a charge dismissed by a magistrate in June.

He was caught with knuckledusters but was let off under a Section 10 without conviction in Blacktown Local Court.  

Police went to Ney’s home in Marayong in June following a ‘concern for welfare’ and found knuckledusters.

Court documents reveal he pleaded guilty to having the weapon and was sentenced to a conditional release order, while no conviction was recorded.

The conditions outlined that he was to seek help for his mental health.

On August 7 Ney arrived at Blacktown Hospital’s emergency department after suffering a drug overdose.  

Ney was last seen bursting out of an ambulance at 6.40am and police were informed.  

Police were on the search for Ney in relation to a domestic violence issue that was reported involving his sister. 

As of 8.30pm Tuesday evening, police had taped off the family home.

Investigators do not believe it is a terror-related incident, and said the alleged attacker did not have links to any terrorist organisations – despite witnesses reporting the attacker was muttering religious slogans including ‘Allahu Akbar’.

But NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said they found information on the man including a USB stick ‘suggesting he had some ideologies related to terrorism’. 

The thumb drive allegedly also referenced mass shootings in New Zealand and the USA – including March’s Christchurch terror attack. 

Alleged attacker Mert Nay is believed to have acted at random, and is expected to be charged. He is seen being restrained by witnesses and  police

Alleged attacker Mert Nay is believed to have acted at random, and is expected to be charged. He is seen being restrained by witnesses and  police 

Neighbours that knew Ney growing up say he was 'not much of a talker' and wouldn't interact with others. Police are pictured outside his home

Neighbours that knew Ney growing up say he was ‘not much of a talker’ and wouldn’t interact with others. Police are pictured outside his home 

Commissioner Fuller added the suspect had been known to police, although his prior history did not compare to his alleged actions in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. 

The alleged attacker is believed to have acted at random, and is expected to be charged.

Medication was also found close to the alleged attacker, identified as a drug used to combat anti-anxiety called antinex, Channel Seven reported. 

Police added a third woman also presented herself to a police station and had her hand wrapped in a scarf, but authorities suspect she may have only been a witness. 

It is believed the woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by Ney was a sex worker operating from her home.   

The 21-year-old’s body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building at 3.15pm on Tuesday. 

Moments before the attacker was arrested, another woman was found inside the Hotel CBD with a stab wound. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition. 

A spokesman for the city’s St Vincent hospital said the 41-year-old woman injured in Ney’s alleged attack was in a stable condition.

A man with a knife (left) can be seen walking towards a bystander (right) who was forced to use a chair to protect himself

A man with a knife (left) can be seen walking towards a bystander (right) who was forced to use a chair to protect himself

WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE SYDNEY CBD STABBING: 

SUPERINTENDENT GAVIN WOOD: ‘A number of members of the public physically restrained the offender. They were significantly brave people. To approach a person with a mindset (that) this person did, with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes.’

WITNESS PAUL O’SHAUGHNESSY: ‘My brother, he was the hero. He got a grip of him, along with another guy we don’t know, and put a crate on his head. He was just mumbling religious things.’

@JACKHUDDO ON TWITTER: ‘So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch.’

WITNESS DAVID VAUX ON THE ABC: ‘I was walking towards Wynyard Park and this man came running around the corner … and then came about five or six other men chasing him.’

‘They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man who was fireman, I think, had some firefighting implement and also then a man with a news camera on his shoulder.’

PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON ON TWITTER: ‘The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him.’

FEDERAL LABOR LEADER ANTHONY ALBANESE: ‘The details aren’t fully known yet but we congratulate the NSW Police on the work that they’ve done and amazingly brave bystanders who took action to apprehend this man.’

‘Very scary visuals, the fact that people were putting their own lives on the line by taking action was an act of incredible bravery and I certainly pay tribute to them.’

NSW POLICE COMMISSIONER MICK FULLER: ‘All the evidence we have at hand would link these two crimes (the killing and stabbing).’

‘There was certainly information found on him about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world.’

NSW POLICE MINISTER DAVID ELLIOTT: ‘If you want to behave in this sort of manner … be aware, it’s not just the police that’ll respond, it’s the citizens, it’s the firies, it’s the ambos, it’s anybody else who thinks their city is going to be given that sort of disrespect.’

Dramatic footage showed Ney, wearing a grey hooded jumper and holding a large knife, jumping on top of a Mercedes while screaming ‘shoot me in the head’.

Brave witnesses were able to tackle him and pin his head down with a milk crate until police arrived and arrested him as hundreds of workers gathered.

In other footage, the alleged attacker was seen running down the pavement and at one point kicked a parked bicycle at a member of the public. 

‘Do you know how many people you just stabbed, you dog? You just stabbed a chick, mate, in broad daylight,’ one of the men was heard screaming during the arrest. 

On Tuesday evening police praised civilians, fire fighters and ambulance staff for preventing ‘what could have been a much worse situation’.  

A painter working on a mural near where the man was arrested witnessed him charging down the street with a ‘big kitchen knife’ with five or six people in close pursuit.

Witness Jess Warren, 28, said she was was having lunch at the Regiment CBD cafe when the knife man was finally arrested.

An woman was stabbed in the back and was taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the corner of King and York Street in Sydney

An woman was stabbed in the back and was taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the corner of King and York Street in Sydney 

Mert Ney, wearing a grey hoodie covered in blood wielding a large knife could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives

Mert Ney, wearing a grey hoodie covered in blood wielding a large knife could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives

She told Daily Mail Australia fire and rescue workers wielding an axe and a crowbar, and a few civilians, two brandishing chairs, had given chase before finally restraining him.

‘One of the guys who was chasing pushed him in the back, then as he was falling the firies got him in the legs, and then they pinned him down with the chairs,’ she said.

‘Then they just sat on him until the cops came.’

‘People couldn’t believe it, then everyone started standing on their chairs to see over the crowd.’

Ivan, 25, arrived home from work just before 6pm and was told by police he would be locked out of his apartment building for ‘a few hours’.

‘I’ve lived here since March… I’ve seen police out the front maybe once, but nothing like this.’

The city worker told Daily Mail Australia he had never seen the knife man in his building before, and todays events had come as ‘a big surprise’.

Body of Sydney stabbing rampage victim, 21, who had her throat slit is carried out of her apartment – as it’s revealed she was a sex worker operating from her home 

By Sahar Mourad for Daily Mail Australia 

The woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by the man accused of the Sydney knife rampage was a sex worker operating from her home.   

The 21-year-old’s body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building at 3.15pm on Tuesday.

Police allege Mert Ney, also 21, slashed her throat with a butcher’s knife before sparking six minutes of carnage in the heart of the city. 

Detectives are going through the pair’s phones to establish the nature of their relationship. 

The victim had a personal listing on Locanto under the section ‘men seeking women’, The Daily Telegraph reported.  

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Ney had visited the woman for ‘business purposes’.   

‘It appears he (Ney) was there for a business purpose,’ he said. 

The woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by the man accused of the Sydney knife rampage was a sex worker operating from her home. Her body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building on Tuesday afternoon

The woman who police suspect had her throat slashed by the man accused of the Sydney knife rampage was a sex worker operating from her home. Her body was found on the fourth floor of a Clarence Street building on Tuesday afternoon 

Another woman, who asked not to be named, said police had told her it would be ‘a couple of hours’ until she could go home.

‘I just walked here from my office, and they’re not letting anyone in,’ she said.

‘Maybe I will just head back there. I’ll have to call my [real estate] agent in case they tell him something.’

Witness Megan Hales said there was a group of people running away from the knife man but it wasn’t clear if he was chasing after them, or running away from the group that was trying to stop him.

‘At that point there were people chasing him down the street trying to stop him,’ Ms Hales, who was at work on Wynyard Street, said.

Ms Hales described the man as being in his late 20s or early 30s, Caucasian and with dark curly hair.

‘He wasn’t looking in great shape – it was fast.

‘A whole lot of guys just came down on top of him and laid him down’.

A barista named Marco, who was working at Batch Café, on York Street, watched in horror as the chaos unfolded.

‘He was trying to smash a driver-side window of a random car with the knife. He was unsuccessful.

‘People were chasing him by that stage. There was fireys chasing him with axes and he went around the corner.’    

Adrian Papaianni was walking along Clarence Street when when he suddenly heard terrified screams.

A woman was stabbed outside Hotel CBD and was taken away in an ambulance from the scene of the stabbing in Sydney

A woman was stabbed outside Hotel CBD and was taken away in an ambulance from the scene of the stabbing in Sydney

‘I was just acting on instinct’: Hero bystander recounts the moment he pinned crazed knifeman to the ground using a MILK CRATE after stabbing a woman and attacking others in Sydney’s CBD 

A heroic bystander managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at Sydney’s Wynyard train station on Tuesday just after 2pm.

A man wearing a grey hoodie covered in blood and wielding a large knife could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives.

Luke O’Shaughnessy who watched as the incident unfolded, managed to subdue the crazed attacker by putting a milk crate over his head.

‘It was terrifying mate, it was really bad,’ his brother Paul told Daily Mail Australia.

A heroic bystander has managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at Sydney's Wynyard train station on Tuesday just after 2pm

A heroic bystander has managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at Sydney’s Wynyard train station on Tuesday just after 2pm

‘I was just acting on instinct really. We all just kind of followed suit and just did what we could’.

‘Obviously there’s something clearly wrong with him, he didn’t look normal or anything like that’.

‘It was an intense moment. I’ve got a lot of emotion running high as well. It was pretty scary stuff’.

Paul O’Shaughnessy, who owns a recruitment company on nearby King Street, said they heard ‘a big kerfuffle and shouting’.

‘Luke, my brother, popped his head out and said ‘what’s going on? There’s a guy holding a knife’,’ he said.

Luke O'Shaughnessy chased the attacker and managed to pin him to the ground

Luke O’Shaughnessy chased the attacker and managed to pin him to the ground

Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero bystanders carrying milk crates

Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero bystanders carrying milk crates

The area has been blocked off by police while investigations continue on Tuesday afternoon

The area has been blocked off by police while investigations continue on Tuesday afternoon

‘There were a stack of people running down Barrack Place saying that there was a guy with a knife,’ he told news.com.au.

‘I ran into the Woolworths and people inside got them to shut the glass doors. I was feeling OK until I saw a mother crying with her baby in her hands, trying to get into the Woolies.

‘Police started arriving about a minute later and started to chase him.’

An Uber driver said the knifeman jumped on the bonnet of his car with a knife in his hand and blood on his shirt.

He told 2GB: ‘I was next to a fire truck in York Street and he jumped on the bonnet of my car. He crashed across the bonnet and had a knife in his hand.

‘There was blood on his shirt. People had their phones out and there was a police’.

A woman at the scene told Daily Mail Australia: ‘A crazy man is running around Wynyard with a knife stabbing people.

‘My work colleague’s boyfriend was standing right next to the guy who was stabbed. Has the world gone mad?’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the incident as ‘deeply disturbing’ while commending the bravery over the bystanders who stepped in to help.

‘The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him,’ he shared on Twitter.

‘The motivation for this attack has not yet been determined as Police are continuing with their enquiries. Any further offical information will be provided by the New South Wales Police, who are keeping us appraised through our agencies, including details of casualties.’

Dramatic picture taken by a tourist in the back seat of a cab shows the crazed knifeman carrying a 30cm blade as a middle aged businessman attempts to bring him to the ground with a chair 

 By Hannah Moore For Daily Mail Australia

A gripping photograph shows the moment a brave onlooker holding a wicker chair prepared himself to restrain a crazed knifeman in the Sydney CBD. 

The man can be seen outside the Hotel CBD on King Street, as the knifeman, believed to be about 25, clutches his knife tightly. 

Pictured: The moment a brave onlooker prepares to restrain a crazed knifeman on a city road

Pictured: The moment a brave onlooker prepares to restrain a crazed knifeman on a city road

The picture was taken by tech worker Ayusha, who was on holiday in Sydney.  

‘We just came across the guy with a knife on the street,’ she captioned the image. ‘Apparently he had some blood on his shirt. We are all safe in the car.’  

The knifeman was seen jumping on top of a black Mercedes shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’ and brandishing his weapon moments before the businessman ran towards him with a chair.

‘Oi,’ the businessman yelled, ready with his chair. 

‘Shoot me, shoot me in the f***ing head,’ the knifeman yelled as he stormed through the intersection. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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