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Lawyer breaks his silence and says he had ‘no option’ but to go after Sydney knifeman with a chair

The brave lawyer who used a wicker chair to keep at bay the man who allegedly went on a rampage through Sydney has broken his silence about the terrifying ordeal.

John Bamford was one of the heroes who faced off against alleged knifeman Mert Ney, 20, during the six minutes of carnage on the city’s streets on Tuesday afternoon. 

Mr Bamford says he had no other option but to grab the chair and run to help.

‘What am I going to do? Go home and say I could have done something but I didn’t?’ he told Sunrise.

‘He wasn’t going to frighten me.’ 

 

Lawyer John Bamford (right) heroically used a wicker chair to keep at bay the 21-year-old man who allegedly went on a stabbing spree through Sydney’s CBD (pictured left)

‘Shortly after I grabbed the chair he’d already stabbed the woman…so I had no other choice.’

Even when Ney allegedly claimed he had a bomb in his bag, Mr Bamford refused to flee. 

Mr Bamford said he did not believe he had a bomb as the bag was unzipped.

Mr Bamford had been grabbing lunch on York Street when he saw the chaos unfold.

He said he immediately thought it was a terrorist attack when Ney allegedly appeared in the street wielding a knife and yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Armed with the chair as his only defence against the bloodied knifeman, Mr Bamford followed him through the streets, keeping him away from other potential victims.

In other footage Mr Bamford (left) could be seen following him with the chair and watching his every move

In other footage Mr Bamford (left) could be seen following him with the chair and watching his every move

Having grabbed a chair from a cafe, the brave passer-by was then pictured by a car passenger approaching Ney (pictured during his alleged rampage) in the middle of an intersection

Having grabbed a chair from a cafe, the brave passer-by was then pictured by a car passenger approaching Ney (pictured during his alleged rampage) in the middle of an intersection

After the frightening incident ended, the heroic lawyer, now known as ‘chair man’, took the seat back to the pub he got it from before ordering his pie of choice at a nearby cafe.

There, Mr Bamford sat alone with his favourite beef and mushroom pie, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

He has been reluctant to speak as he believes his actions have been ‘over egged’ and that anyone in his situation would have done the same thing.

The lawyer was the latest of the civilians who intervened in the rampage to be recognised.

Another person to step up in the chaos was traffic controller Steven Georgiadis.

Mr Georgiadis said he attempted to tackle Ney to the ground before standing on the knife he was carrying.

Michaela Dunn has been identified as the 24-year-old woman allegedly killed in Sydney's CBD on Tuesday

Michaela Dunn has been identified as the 24-year-old woman allegedly killed in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday

‘I was ready to crash tackle him but as I’ve got up to him I saw he had this massive knife pointed down towards the ground,’ he told news.com.au.

‘As soon as I saw the knife I moved to the side so I could crash tackle him sideways so he wouldn’t stab me.’

The traffic controller said another person chasing the knifeman knocked him to the ground with a chair – also knocking his knife to the ground.

‘The first thing I did was stand on the knife, while the others were right on his heels.’ 

The rampage ended when Ney was pinned to the ground at Wynyard Park.

Ney is accused of killing Michaela Dunn, 24 in a Clarence Street apartment minutes earlier.  

Ms Dunn was found dead in a Clarence Street unit on Tuesday almost two hours after Mert Ney, 21, from Blacktown, was first seen on CCTV entering the apartment at 1.30pm.

New footage obtained by Channel Seven emerged of Ney wandering into an alley just before 2pm, pausing and then appearing to hold a phone in front of his face.

After seemingly taking a selfie, he then ran out of the deserted alleyway onto neighbouring Clarence Street – where his rampage through the city began. 

The footage emerged after Ney’s 24-year-old alleged victim was identified as Ms Dunn, who attended Rosebank College, a Catholic school in Sydney’s inner west and was studying at the University of Notre Dame. 

Police said while the body had not yet been formally identified, it was believed to be that of Ms Dunn. 

The footage emerged after Ney's 24-year-old alleged victim was identified as Ms Dunn, who attended Rosebank College, a Catholic school in Sydney's inner west and was studying at the University of Notre Dame

The footage emerged after Ney’s 24-year-old alleged victim was identified as Ms Dunn, who attended Rosebank College, a Catholic school in Sydney’s inner west and was studying at the University of Notre Dame

They believe Ms Dunn was a sex worker and Ney had been her client, having made an appointment to see her at 1.30pm.

Her mother told Nine News Ms Dunn was a ‘beautiful, loving woman who had studied at university and travelled widely’. She also said the young woman was ‘very much loved’. 

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

In photos shared to her social media accounts, the 24-year-old visited the Gold Coast for uni games. 

Almost five years earlier the city faced a similar danger when gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage at Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, and Ms Dunn (centre) posted about the tragedy on social media

 Almost five years earlier the city faced a similar danger when gunman Man Haron Monis held 18 people hostage at Lindt Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place, and Ms Dunn (centre) posted about the tragedy on social media 

Ms Dunn's mother said her daughter travelled widely and in posts shared to her social media accounts, the 24-year-old visited the Gold Coast for university games

Ms Dunn’s mother said her daughter travelled widely and in posts shared to her social media accounts, the 24-year-old visited the Gold Coast for university games

New South Wales Police released a photo (pictured) of Ms Dunn after identifying her as the victim on Wednesday

New South Wales Police released a photo (pictured) of Ms Dunn after identifying her as the victim on Wednesday

Ney stands accused of shutting down Sydney's CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 24-year-old sex worker dead. The woman's body is seen being taken from her home

Ney stands accused of shutting down Sydney’s CBD during a terrifying rampage that left a 24-year-old sex worker dead. The woman’s body is seen being taken from her home 

Accused Sydney CBD knifeman Mert Ney was filmed in the back of a police van after his arrest in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon

Accused Sydney CBD knifeman Mert Ney was filmed in the back of a police van after his arrest in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon

Ms Dunn was found with her throat slashed inside her central city apartment (Pictured, her neighbour's apartment)

Ms Dunn was found with her throat slashed inside her central city apartment (Pictured, her neighbour’s apartment)

SISTER OF CRAZED SYDNEY KNIFEMAN WAS ‘CHOKED AND PUNCHED DAYS BEFORE RAMPAGE’:

A sister of the man accused of going on a violent rampage through central Sydney claims she was choked and punched by her brother just days before the alleged attack.

The city was thrown into chaos on Tuesday afternoon when Mert Ney, 21, stormed through the centre of the city brandishing a large kitchen knife.

A woman was found with her throat slashed inside a nearby unit and another was found in the back of a pub with a stab wound to her back.

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

Ney was detained at about 2pm as heroic bystanders made a citizens’ arrest, and police were soon on the scene.

His sister Yazel told The Daily Telegraph she notified police about her brother just six days earlier after she was allegedly punched in the face and choked.

‘He ran at me, punched and choked me, I couldn’t breathe.’

Police earlier confirmed they were on the search for Ney last week in relation to a domestic violence issue. 

Yazel said she felt disgusted at her brother’s alleged behavior and called him a ‘monster’.

She claimed her brother had battled depression and schizophrenia for a number of years but she could not pinpoint where the trouble began. 

Mert Ney is accused of killing the woman before running through the Sydney CBD with a large knife and stabbing another. He was restrained by civilians and firefighters using a crowbar, a chair and a crate (pictured)

Mert Ney is accused of killing the woman before running through the Sydney CBD with a large knife and stabbing another. He was restrained by civilians and firefighters using a crowbar, a chair and a crate (pictured)

‘While her family appreciate the support offered by the community, they have requested their privacy at this difficult time,’ a statement from police read

A man who was in the same class as Ney (pictured) in high school said he was shocked at reports he was behind the attacks

A man who was in the same class as Ney (pictured) in high school said he was shocked at reports he was behind the attacks

‘The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Michaela’s murder is being led by detectives from the Homicide Squad under Strike Force Lalchere.’

Ney’s sister has apologised to the family of his alleged victim, saying: ‘Sorry a million times… I’m just really sorry to the victim’.  

One of Ney’s sisters, who declined to give her name, said her brother had a ‘steep descent into insanity’ and she wanted him to ‘suffer’ and be punished severely by the law for what he had allegedly done. 

‘I want him to suffer. I want them to just put him in like the worst mental health institution where it’s like jail,’ she said. 

Ney grew up in a brick home in Marayong, near Blacktown in Sydney’s west, the middle of three siblings 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.

HOW THE SYDNEY 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 41-year-old woman Linda Bo 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 Mert Ney, 21, before he’s arrested by police.

* 3.15pm: The body of a 24-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 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

*Police reveal Ney had arranged to meet with the sex worker at 1.30pm on Tuesday. CCTV footage shows Ney leaving the apartment building at 1.50pm 

A man who was in the same class as Ney in 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 [on Facebook] 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.’

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

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

Ney is currently under police guard at hospital but is expected to be charged with attempted murder and assault when he is deemed medically fit to speak with police.

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

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

Police said Ney was carrying a USB stick ‘suggesting he had some ideologies related to terrorism’ and referencing the Christchurch mosque attacks and mass shooting in the U.S. 

Commissioner Fuller said investigators would be looking at his Facebook history and searching chatrooms to see if there is some evidence link to terrorism. 

Police have not ruled out possible terrorism charges, he said. 

He said there was nothing globally to link him to terrorism but they haven’t interviewed him yet.

‘I mean, just having some footage saved on a USB drive is not a leap far enough for me to say that this is a terrorist incident.

‘But obviously, it’s extremely concerning and it is the starting point of a long-term investigation.’ 

 

 



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