Joel Cauchi: New details emerge about Bondi Junction knifeman that killed six

  • Police have identified Bondi Junction mass killer
  • Joel Cauchi, 40, recently moved to Sydney
  • He was known to have mental health issues 

The man who killed six in the Bondi Junction stabbing spree has been identified as Joel Cauchi.

Police say Cauchi, 40, who is from the Brisbane area and had mental health issues, moved to Sydney from Queensland a month ago. 

There is no suggestion that Cauchi was part of any particular ideology, with police treating the horrific attack as a mental-health related incident. 

Police are currently searching through a ‘very small storage facility’ in Sydney that Cauchi rented out shortly after the move. 

He was reportedly sleeping rough and had no fixed address.

Joel Cauchi, 40, has been identified as the mass killer in the Bondi Westfield stabbing spree on Saturday

Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cooke said detectives have spoken to his family who have been helping police with their investigation.

‘There is still, to this point … no information we have received, no evidence we have recovered, no intelligence that we have gathered that would suggest that this was driven by any particular motivation – ideology or otherwise,’ Assistant Commissioner Cooke told reporters on Sunday.

‘We are continuing to work through the profiling of the offender but very clearly to us at this stage it would appear that this is related to the mental health of the individual involved.’

Assistant Commissioner Cooke said police are still working to determine how Cauchi came into possession of the weapon, which has been described by witnesses as a 30-cm hunting knife. 

Police were called to Bondi Junction Westfield at 3.20pm on Saturday as horrific stabbing spree unfolded in the busy shopping centre on the first day of school holidays.

Inspector Amy Scott was patrolling nearby and was first on the scene. She entered the shopping centre by herself and bravely ran towards the offender, before shooting him dead when he lunged towards her with the knife.

Police said Cauchi recently moved to Sydney from Queensland and had mental health issues

Police said Cauchi recently moved to Sydney from Queensland and had mental health issues

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