Man arrested after stabbing woman in Sydney

Erika Holt
August 14, 2019

Police said a 21-year-old Sydney man with a history of mental illness is believed to have killed a woman of around the same age in a residential unit before going on the rampage across the city centre. "Again I will put on record we have a female person with a stab wound to the back now being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital". They said: "It's a crime scene, you can't come out"'.

"The male offender was on his own and there was no other person complicit at this stage", he said Police have praised the efforts of passersby who held the attacker.

While Mert Ney's screams suggested a possible allegiance to Islamic extremist ideology, police have since seized a phone and USB stick containing information about recent mass deaths and violent acts of white supremacy in the US and New Zealand.

Mr Fuller says the rampage was "not now classed as a terrorist incident" by authorities and the "lone actor" had no links to terrorist organisations.

The witness suggests killing the suspect, while others tell the witness to stop and to wait for the police. He also congratulated the firefighters involved.

Both men, from Bury, Greater Manchester, were working in an office in the Australian city when they heard screams at 14:00 local time (04:00 BST).

In the video, the man - whose name was later identified to be 21-year-old Mert Ney - wielding a large butcher's knife with a bloodied shirt, jumps on a vehicle and shouts something that is hard to hear.

The 21-year-old man, who police did not name, was carrying a knife and a computer thumb drive containing information about deadly attacks in North America and New Zealand, police said.

Sydney civilians can just be glad that Ney was armed only with a butcher's knife, rather than a semi-automatic weapon.

The 21-year-old did, however, have "some ideologies in relation to terrorism" and the Joint Counter Terrorism Team will examine if the terrorism threat needs to be reassessed.

She is taken to St Vincent's Hospital for treatment.

The Marayong man had an "unremarkable history compared to the gravity of his (alleged) crimes", Mr Fuller said, while revealing he did have a history of mental health issues.

Three British men were among those who helped take the man down.

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"I could have easily just looked out of the window and not done anything", Luke O'Shaughnessy, a former Thai boxer, told the BBC.

"We put a plastic crate over him, over his head".

He could be heard yelling before jumping off the auto and shouting: "shoot me in the f***ing head".

"I froze for probably a split second but then I thought I'm hoping that he's not covered in any explosives or anything", he told Nine News Sydney. "You f*cking piece of sh*t", one man says as the milk crate is placed on the man's head.

Video shows the man bloodied and carrying a knife as he shouts and climbs on to a vehicle before an onlooker starts to chase him with a chair.

"There was blood on his shirt".

"We just tried to get down as quick as we could".

"Another guy with a chair and some firefighters were chasing him".

"I think he was trying to smash the driver side window on a random auto".

He praised those who had intervened in the "extremely risky and hostile" situation, saying their actions had helped capture the man.

Speaking to journalists after the arrest, he said: "They were significantly courageous people".

Authorities urged people to avoid the area.

They said they were "proud" of their actions, but denied they were heroes - despite police and the country's prime minister commending them for helping to tackle the suspect.

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