The man who killed a young woman before going on a knife-wielding rampage through Sydney’s CBDS has admitted his guilt.
Mert Ney, 22, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murder at Central Local Court over the stabbing of Michaela Dunn, 24, and wounding Lin Bo with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on August 13, 2019.
He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of common assault against his sister and cannabis possession.
Ney, from Marayong, was subdued in a citizen’s arrest by terrified civilians who had chased the armed-murderer down a city street before pinning him to the ground with a milk crate and chair.
He was earlier caught on camera yelling and brandishing the knife as he ran through the city, and at one point jumped onto a car stopped at an intersection near Wynyard station.
Outside court Ney’s lawyer Zemarai Khatiz said his client was remorseful for the attacks that brought Sydney to a standstill.
“He’s pleaded guilty today,” Mr Khatiz said. “He is very sorry for what he has done.”
Mr Khatiz said it would be argued on sentencing that his client’s mental health was a “significant contributing factor” to the attacks.
Appearing in court via video link, Ney responded “guilty” to the counts of murder, wounding and assault as they were read out on Tuesday.
“Yeah guilty, yeah it was mine,” he replied when asked for a plea to possessing 1.6g of cannabis.
On entering pleas prosecutors withdrew six additional charges, including attempted murder, wounding with intent to murder, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, and possessing child abuse material.
Ms Dunn’s mother Joanne was in court to hear her daughter’s killer finally admit to the gruesome murder in the week that would have brought her 26th birthday.
Joanne declined to comment as she left the court flanked by reporters.
Her daughter was found dead inside an apartment on Clarence St in the CBD, having sustained a laceration to her neck.
Ms Bo was stabbed in the back by Ney at a nearby hotel soon after.
Ney’s pleas came after months of negotiations between his lawyers and prosecutors.
His lawyers had asked for a lengthy adjournment to pore over 1500 pages of mental health reports in September, and told the court they were exploring mental health as a possible defence.
Ney will next appear in the Supreme Court on December 11.