16 Aug 2019

    The Sydney Knife Attack Suspect Has Been Charged With Murder

    Authorities allege Mert Ney killed 24-year-old Michaela Dunn inside an apartment in the CBD before attempting to stab others outside.

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    Mert Ney is detained by police in Sydney on Aug. 13, 2019 after allegedly stabbing a woman and attempting to stab others.

    The man accused of fatally stabbing a woman in downtown Sydney, only to be brought down and detained by a group of good Samaritans, was charged with murder on Friday.

    Mert Ney was also charged with attempted murder, wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, intentionally choking, and common assault, after being discharged from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Prosecutors allege he killed 24-year-old Michaela Dunn inside an apartment on Clarence Street on Tuesday before stabbing Linda Bo outside a hotel in the CBD. Bo is expected to fully recover from her injury.

    NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller has said Ney has a history of mental health issues, and that while information was found on him to suggest he had some interest in terrorism ideologies, "he has no apparent links to other terrorist organisations".

    The incident unfolded around 2pm on Tuesday when Ney, armed with a long knife, allegedly attempted to attack people in the area of King and Clarence streets until bystanders gave chase and used chairs and a milk crate to pin him down for police.

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    A police officer gestures to a man outside an apartment building on Clarence Street during a police operation in Sydney on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. A man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a woman and attempting to stab others in Sydney's CBD.

    Meanwhile, friends and family of Dunn have been paying tribute to the 24-year-old on social media.

    “You were the most beautiful person, inside and out," her friend, Ashleigh Elise, said on Instagram. "You would brighten up anywhere you went just by your presence and now the world is truly a much darker place."

    Jason Wells is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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