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A stabbing attack occurred on 13 August 2019 when an attacker stabbed two people, killing one, in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

2019 Sydney stabbing attack
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Apartment building in Clarence Street, Sydney, where the first victim was killed
LocationSydney, Australia
Date13 August 2019 (2019-08-13)
2:00 pm (AEDT)
TargetSex worker, pedestrian
Attack type
2 (including attacker)
AccusedMert Ney
ChargesMurder, attempted murder, wounding with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm

The police were not treating it as a terror attack at the time, but had not ruled it out.[1][2]


Hotel CBD, where the attacker stabbed his second victim

A man allegedly stabbed a woman to death in an apartment in Clarence Street, Sydney, with a butcher knife, before running out into the street.[1] He then attacked another woman outside[3]the Hotel CBD, on the corner of King and York streets.[1] Video taken by a Seven News cameraman shows him yelling "Allahu akbar" as he jumps on the bonnet and roof of a car, at the intersection of Clarence and King streets,[1] before he is confronted by a man with a chair.[4][5] He then ran down York Street, chasing pedestrians and shouting "shoot me in the fucking head".[1]

Restraint of attackerEdit

A local lawyer, the first man who approached the alleged attacker, used a chair like a "lion tamer",[1] to force the man away from the public rather than to attack him.[6]

Several people, including a number of firefighters, then chased the man down York Street.[2][4][7][8] British-born locals saw the commotion in the street from an office window and ran to help. After chasing the attacker, Luke O'Shaughnessy, his brother Paul O'Shaughnessy, friend Lee Cuthbert, and others pinned the attacker to the ground with chairs and a milk crate before he was arrested by police.[4][5][9] He was held down near Wynyard railway station.[1]


The deceased victim was a 24-year-old woman, who was understood to be a sex worker.[3] She had reportedly been stabbed numerous times, in a vicious and frenzied manner, and had died.[3] She was found, after the suspect's arrest, in an apartment building on Clarence Street.[1]

The injured victim was a 41-year-old woman who was stabbed in the back outside Hotel CBD, and who was listed as "stable" when taken to hospital.[2][3]


Police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Mert Ney[10][11][12][13] from Marayong, to the west of Sydney,[14][15] saying they believed he "attempted to stab multiple people, luckily unsuccessfully".[16][17] The police also told media that he had accessed information about recent mass killings,[14] and has a history of mental illness, for which he was known to police.[1] It has been reported but not confirmed that he absconded from a mental health facility a few days prior to the attack, and he appeared to be carrying a diazepam drug.[1]

The New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller further detailed in a press conference of the alleged attacker that "Information was found on him related to other crimes related to mass casualties around the world [including] incidents in North America and New Zealand".[16] This was later reported to be a USB flash drive that also contained "extremist ideologies".[1]

On 16 August 2019, Ney was charged with murder, attempted murder and wounding with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm.[18]


Tributes outside the Clarence Street building where the first victim was killed

Following the incident, Premier Gladys Berejiklian expressed condolences from London.[3] Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Twitter to commend the bravery of those who restrained the attacker, saying that "The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him."[19]

The dead victim was buried at the Waterway Chapel, Rookwood Cemetery, on 26 August 2019. The funeral was attended by over three hundred people.[20]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b c "Man arrested over stabbings in central Sydney". BBC. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
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  10. ^ Chrysanthos, Natassia (August 13, 2019). "Sydney stabbing LIVE: One dead, one injured as 'lone actor with a butchers knife' brings CBD to standstill". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ Sas, Nick; Calderwood, Kathleen (August 15, 2019). "Sydney stabbing accused 'saw victim and other sex workers before attacks'". ABC News.
  12. ^ "Sydney stabbing victim identified as Michaela Dunn". August 14, 2019 – via
  13. ^ "Woman killed in knife attack in Sydney named". The Irish Times.
  14. ^ a b "Sydney CBD stabbing suspect had accessed information about recent mass killings". SMH. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  15. ^ Rawsthorne, Natassia Chrysanthos, Michael Ruffles, Lucy Cormack, Sally (2019-08-13). "Man in custody after stabbing in Sydney CBD leaves woman dead". SMH. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  16. ^ a b "Sydney stabbing: woman in stable condition after armed man arrested in CBD incident". The Guardian. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  17. ^ "Stabbing rampage: Suspected attacker arrested after major Sydney CBD police operation incident". The New Daily. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  18. ^ Cormack, Lucy (August 16, 2019). "Mert Ney charged with murder, attempted murder after release from hospital". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  19. ^ Twitter. 2019-08-13 Retrieved 2019-08-13. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Daily Telegraph, 2019-8-27, p.11