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Mert Ney is jailed for 33 years for stabbing Sydney woman to death in hotel room

Crazed knifeman flashes a smirk and a rock and roll hand signal as he’s led from court in a prison jumpsuit after being jailed for 33 years for stabbing a woman to death in a Sydney hotel room

  • Mert Ney pleaded guilty to the stabbing murder of escort Michaela Dunn, 24
  • The 23-year-old went on a violent rampage through Sydney’s CBD in 2019
  • He was jailed for at least 33 years on Friday over the ‘cruel, brutal attack’ 

A man who went on a violent rampage in Sydney’s CBD after murdering a vulnerable woman in a ‘cruel, brutal attack’ has flashed a smirk and a rock and roll hand signal as he is jailed for at least 33 years.

Mert Ney pleaded guilty to the stabbing murder of escort Michaela Dunn, 24, in a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019.

The 23-year-old also admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for stabbing Lin Bo during his frightening rampage.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Peter Johnson jailed him for 44 years with non-parole period of 33 years.

Mert Ney poses to the camera as he is escorted from the NSW Supreme Court, in Sydney, on Friday

Ney was jailed for at least 33 years on Friday over the murder of 24-year-old Michaela Dunn

Ney was jailed for at least 33 years on Friday over the murder of 24-year-old Michaela Dunn

Floral tributes are seen outside the hotel where Michaela Dunn was stabbed to death in 2019

Floral tributes are seen outside the hotel where Michaela Dunn was stabbed to death in 2019

He found Ney was a dangerous man who had had gone into the city to murder a young woman, to use violence and to terrify people.

‘The offender is a dangerous man and continues to be a dangerous man,’ the judge said.

Michaela Dunn (pictured) was stabbed repeatedly by Mert Ney on August 13, 2019

Michaela Dunn (pictured) was stabbed repeatedly by Mert Ney on August 13, 2019

‘The position appears bleak in the extreme with respect to the offender’s prospects of returning to the community and living a lawful life in the future.’

Although he had yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ on the street and delivered the Islamic State salute, the judge found he was not a religious zealot and the crimes did not relate to terrorism.

Because of Ney’s mental health issues, he rejected the Crown’s submission that he should be jailed for the rest of his life.

Ney was dressed in an orange jumpsuit as he was escorted from the NSW Supreme Court on Friday following his sentencing hearing.

He appeared to smirk for the camera and displayed a rock and roll hand signal as he was led into a vehicle and taken away from the court. 

Joanne Dunn (left), the mother of victim Michaela Dunn arrives at NSW Supreme Court, as Ney is sentenced on Friday

Joanne Dunn (left), the mother of victim Michaela Dunn arrives at NSW Supreme Court, as Ney is sentenced on Friday

Ney is led away by officers after he was sentenced in Sydney on Friday

Ney is led away by officers after he was sentenced in Sydney on Friday

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