Accused Sydney stabber, 20, stares blankly at the ground during court hearing – as more than $5,000 is raised overnight for sex worker victim whose ‘throat was slit in rampage’
- Mert Ney appeared via audio-visual link in Central Local Court on Monday
- Ney’s lawyer called for his client to receive pain and mental health medication
- Ney didn’t apply for bail on Monday and intends to fight legal charges
- A GoFundme appeal has been started to raise funds for Michaela Dunn’s family
- Ney allegedly slit her throat before stabbing another woman in the Sydney CBD
The lawyer for a man accused of murdering a sex worker and stabbing another woman in the Sydney CBD has again called for his client to receive pain and mental health medication, saying his previous requests fell on deaf ears.
Mert Ney, 20, is charged with murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intentionally choking with recklessness and common assault over the August 13 incident.
Police allege he killed Michaela Dunn, 24, in a Clarence Street apartment before stabbing Linda Bo, 41, in the shoulder at the Hotel CBD.
Mert Ney, 20, is accused of murdering sex worker Michaela Dunn. He sat expressionless in court on Monday (pictured above) as his lawyer asked for mental health medication
Police allege he killed Michaela Dunn (pictured), 24, in a Clarence Street apartment. More than $5,000 was raised overnight for the young woman’s funeral
Ney was later filmed allegedly running through the city brandishing a bloodied kitchen knife before being restrained by bystanders.
He intends to defend the charges against him on the grounds of mental illness.
Ney appeared on Monday via video link at Central Local Court and had his case adjourned to October 15, with a brief of evidence to be submitted on that date.
Ney sat ‘expressionless’ in court and stared blankly at the ground while fidgeting with the palm of his hand and wiping his nose on his jumper.
He did not apply for bail.
Ney’s lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, said his client had not yet received appropriate medication from Justice Health after undergoing leg surgery and had only been administered paracetamol.
Ney (pictured) was filmed allegedly running through the city streets brandishing a bloodied kitchen knife before being restrained by onlookers and arrested
‘Michaela was loved so much by her family and friends,’ Ms Dunn’s funeral fundraiser read
At Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, Mr Khatiz also requested Ney – who had repeatedly asked for medication – receive relief.
‘He’s suffering in custody over there,’ Mr Khatiz said on Monday.
In response, magistrate Robert Williams said he would again request Justice Health visit Ney and administer the appropriate medication.
Outside court, Mr Khatiz said Ney was struggling to sleep due to his leg pain.
Meanwhile, almost $5500 has been raised as of midday on Monday for Ms Dunn’s funeral costs on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.
‘Michaela was loved so much by her family and friends, as you can imagine the family are experiencing a hard time and we’d like to take the opportunity to raise money to give Michaela the farewell she deserves,’ the fundraiser reads.
Ney’s lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, said his client had not yet received appropriate medication