How was he roaming the streets? Sydney knifeman walked free from court on the condition he get mental health help – then fled from an ambulance after overdosing on drugs
- Mert Ney pleaded guilty to having an illegal weapon – knuckledusters – in June
- Ney is accused of killing one woman and stabbing another in the back
- Police said earlier today that the 21-year-old has a history of mental illness
The 21-year-old accused of slitting the throat of a sex worker and stabbing another in the back in Sydney’s CBD was let off by a magistrate after being found with knuckledusters.
The alleged knifeman, named as Mert Ney, allegedly killed a 21-year-old woman inside a unit before a six-minute rampage on the city’s streets.
The dead woman was found inside a Clarence Street apartment after the knifeman was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm using chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street after attempting to stab multiple people.
The alleged knifeman, named as Mert Ney, allegedly killed a 21-year-old woman inside a unit and stabbed another in the back at a nearby pub
Police went to Ney’s home in Marayong in June following a ‘concern for welfare’ and police found knuckledusters
Court documents reveal he pleaded guilty to having the weapon and he was sentenced to a conditional release order and no conviction was recorded under section ten
Police went to Ney’s home in Marayong, in western Sydney, in June following a ‘concern for welfare’ and police found knuckledusters, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Court documents reveal he pleaded guilty to having the weapon and he was sentenced to a conditional release order and no conviction was recorded.
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 also reportedly searching for Ney after a domestic violence issue relating to his sister which was reported last week.
Police said during a press conference on Tuesday Ney had a history of mental illness.
On August 7 Ney arrived at Blacktown Hospital’s emergency department after suffering from a drug overdose
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.
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.
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.
Police were also reportedly searching for Ney after a domestic violence issue relating to his sister. Police said during a press conference of Tuesday that Ney had a history of mental illness