Chilling footage has emerged of the moments after the police arrested the bloodied knifeman accused of going on a violent rampage through central Sydn
Chilling footage has emerged of the moments after the police arrested the bloodied knifeman accused of going on a violent rampage through central Sydney.
The city was thrown into chaos on Tuesday afternoon when Mert Ney, 21, stormed through the centre of the city brandishing a large kitchen knife.
A woman was found with her throat slashed inside a nearby unit and another was found in the back of a pub with a stab wound to her back.
Ney was detained at about 2pm as heroic bystanders made a citizens’ arrest, and police were soon on the scene.
He was hauled into a police van, where footage showed him laying on his back rambling to himself.
‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,’ he shouts.
‘God is the greatest, Allahu is the only god. He will protect me.’
The city was thrown into chaos on Tuesday afternoon when Mert Ney (pictured), 21, stormed through the CBD brandishing a large kitchen knife
Moments later he noticed a camera filming through the van’s window. He crawled over to the tiny window and leant forward, staring into the camera.
The chilling footage ended with Ney shouting ‘the government has failed me’.
Since his arrest it had been revealed Ney had a history of mental health issues.
Just last Wednesday, August 7, he attended the emergency room at Blacktown Hospital while suffering from a drug overdose.
He was expected to be charged on Wednesday at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Friends of the alleged knifeman said he recently converted to Islam and was an ‘odd person’.
A man who was in the same class as Ney at Blacktown Boys High School said he was shocked at reports he was behind the attacks.
‘I always thought he was a bit weird and he was always posting about converting [to Islam] and stuff like that,’ the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
‘[But] I didn’t expect him to go this far.’
A woman was seen being rushed to hospital after she was found with a stab wound to her back on Tuesday
Ney was arrested at about 2pm after he was stopped in his tracks by heroic bystanders
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said they found information on the man including a USB stick ‘suggesting he had some ideologies related to terrorism’.
The thumb drive allegedly also referenced mass shootings in New Zealand and the USA – including March’s Christchurch terror attack.
Commissioner Fuller added the suspect had been known to police, although his prior history did not compare to his alleged actions in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Ney had a weapons charge dismissed by a magistrate in June.
He was caught with knuckledusters, but was let off under a Section 10 without conviction in Blacktown Local Court.
Police were called to King and Clarence Streets in the CBD, near Wynyard Station at about 2pm on Tuesday
Moments later he notices a camera peering into the van and sits up. He crawls over to the tiny window and he leans forward, staring into the camera
Police went to Ney’s home in Marayong following a ‘concern for welfare’ report and found the knuckledusters.
He pleaded guilty to having the weapon and was sentenced to a conditional release order, while no conviction was recorded.
The conditions included that he seek help for his mental health.
HOW THE SYDNEY CBD HOMICIDE AND STABBING UNFOLDED:
* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.
* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.
* A short time later, three members of the public detain the 21-year-old attacker, before he’s arrested by police.
* 3.15pm: The body of a 21-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.
* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.
* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals the alleged attacker – 21-year-old Mert Ney – has a history of mental health issues.
* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.
* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.
* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home.