August 14, 2019
Friends of the Sydney knifeman responsible for a rampage through the city centre say he recently converted to Islam and was an ‘odd person’.
Mert Ney, 21, was arrested after he was subdued by heroic bystanders about 2pm using chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street, after he allegedly killed a woman, 21, believed to be a sex worker, and stabbed multiple people.
The knifeman was seen on the corner of King and Clarence Street on Tuesday afternoon, wielding a large blade and calling on someone to shoot him.
A man 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.’
While the friend claims Ney was recently converted, the 21-year-old is understood to have fled from a mental health facility before the rampage.
Ney’s Facebook page has since been deleted, but another school friend claims to have spoken to him just last week.
The friend said he spoke to the knifeman last week and said he had planned to attend a music festival.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:50 am