Man accused of Sydney’s horror knife rampage that killed sex worker, 24, faces fresh charges including possessing child abuse material
- Accused Sydney knifeman Mert Ney, 20, was handed three new charges
- Blacktown man appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday via videolink
- He was charged with possessing child abuse material and 1.6g of cannabis
- Ney allegedly murdered Michaela Dunn, 24, before rampaging through the CBD
- He also allegedly stabbed Linda Bo, 41, during the August 13 attack
Mert Ney, 20, was charged with three new offences when he appeared in court on Tuesday morning, including one of having child abuse material on a USB in his possession
The man accused of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old woman and injuring a second in a terrifying knife attack across the Sydney CBD is facing new charges.
Mert Ney, 20, is accused of possessing child abuse material and 1.6 grams of cannabis on the day of the deadly attack.
The material was found on a USB stick allegedly in his possession during the rampage.
Ney, who appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday morning via video link, was also charged with being armed with a knife with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The Blacktown man already faces charges of murder, attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm over the August 13 incident.
He was quiet during the hearing, and his lawyer Zemarai Khatiz told reporters outside court he would deny possessing those materials.
Police allege Ney killed Michaela Dunn, 24, in a Clarence Street apartment before stabbing Linda Bo, 41, in the shoulder at the Hotel CBD on August 13.
Ney was later filmed allegedly running through the city brandishing a bloodied kitchen knife before lawyer John Bamford and others restrained him.
He’s also accused of choking a family member at Marayong on August 7.
Ney is accused of murdering 24-year-old Michaela Dunn (pictured) in her Clarence Street apartment before running through the CBD, brandishing a bloodied knife and stabbing Linda Bo, 41
Ney (pictured) was silent during his appearance in Central Local Court on Tuesday
His lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz (pictured) said Ney denied having child abuse material on him
The Blacktown man intends to defend the charges against him on the grounds of mental illness, Mr Khatiz has previously told reporters.
Prosecutors told the court on Tuesday a substantial brief of evidence had been served on Mr Khatiz but further evidence was likely to be gathered from his mobile phone and medical records.
Facebook had also been issued with a mutual assistance request, the court was told.
That information is expected to be added to the brief of evidence by December 6, in time for Ney’s next court appearance on December 10.
Uber and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital have already returned data after being subpoenaed for information.
Outside court, Mr Khatiz said his client’s mental state was ‘still bad’.
An interim restraining order against Ney, protecting one of his family members, remains in place.
More to come.
The Blacktown man, who was finally restrained on August 13 using chairs from a nearby cafe and a milk crate, will defend the charges against him on grounds of mental illness