Accused Sydney CBD stabber formally charged

UPDATE @ 11.00 AM | The lawyer for the man accused of going on a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD says he will be defending the charges on the grounds of his mental health.

Mert Nay appeared before Parramatta Bail Court via video link this morning after being charged with murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intentionally choking with recklessness and common assault.

The 20-year-old is accused of fatally stabbing 24-year-old Michaela Dunn in an apartment on Clarence St on Tuesday afternoon before stabbing 41-year-old Linda Bo in the shoulder at Hotel CBD.


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He didn’t apply for bail and it was formally refused.

He’s been remanded in custody to reappear on Monday.

EARLIER @ 5.30 AM | The man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage in Sydney’s CBD has now been charged.

Mert Ney was released from hospital on Friday afternoon before being taken to Surry Hills Police station to be questioned over Tuesday’s attack in the heart of the city.

He was formally charged on Friday night with murder, attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intentionally choking with recklessness and common assault.

Ney is accused of fatally stabbing 24-year-old Michaela Dunn in an apartment on Clarence St on Tuesday afternoon before stabbing 41-year-old Linda Bo in the shoulder at Hotel CBD.

The 20-year-old was then chased by bystanders through several city streets while still brandishing a large knife before eventually being restrained.

Ney is due to appear in the Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

Police are still piecing together what sparked the rampage.

A USB stick was found on Ney following his arrest with details about other mass killings in the US and New Zealand.

He has a history of mental illness but Police have so far ruled out any terrorist links.

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