A mother stared at her daughter’s killer as she described the night she learned about her murder in Sydney’s CBD.
“I know our house was quiet, very, very quiet, no tears, no screams, just numbness,” Joanne Dunn told the NSW Supreme Court ruling to Mert Ney.
“No parent should ever hear those words … your daughter was murdered,” she said, looking straight at Ney sitting in the harbor.
Michaela Dunn was 24 years old when she opened the door of the Clarence Street apartment for Ney in August 2019 with a butcher knife in his bag.
Moments later he stabbed her to death.
Michaela Dunn (photo), 24, was murdered by Mert Ney in 2019 with a butcher knife
Ney bragged about the stabbing in a video
Ney, 22, previously pleaded guilty to her murder and other violent crimes, including injury with intent to inflict serious bodily harm for stabbing Lin Bo in the street during his CBD frenzy.
Justice Peter Johnson warned Mrs. Dunn’s friends and family before showing graphic images of Ney making a Snapchat video of himself and his bloodied victim.
‘I’m f *** ing psycho,’ he wrote after sending an acquaintance the short excerpt.
I smiled bro. The fear.’
Mrs. Dunn’s mother Joanne (pictured left) related her pain at the realization that her daughter had been murdered
Michaela Dunn (center) was stabbed to death in Sydney CBD
He took another video of him standing in the emergency exit stairwell pointing at the blood on his hands and shoes before leaving a trail.
As he swung the bloodied kitchen knife, he was chased by a growing number of bystanders before finally being held with a milk crate and chair.
“You just stabbed a girl,” one person shouted while another warned them to wait for the police.
Mrs. Dunn described how the night of “Mikki’s death” started like any other Tuesday, with her daughter arriving home for dinner at 7pm.
But 8pm and then came 9pm. Her “extremely strange” absence made her drive to her daughter’s ward hoping to catch a roommate, hoping she was alone in the cinema.
Police said Ms. Dunn agreed to see Ney, and the body was found an hour after Ney allegedly stabbed a second woman in the back.
Ney (arrested in the photo) showed no remorse for the young woman’s murder
Killer Ney (pictured) is convicted by the NSW Supreme Court
Her husband’s “welcome call” to come home was not what she expected, as two detectives delivered the tragic news.
“Not only have we lost our daughter, but we’ve lost our future as it should have been.”
The unimaginable pain her family is now in, a heart aching physically and struggling to take the next breath is known only to those who have “come this way,” she said.
She asked that people remember her daughter as the kind and wonderful person she was, not stripped of her identity like the media originally did.
Mrs. Dunn also thanked the “sidewalk heroes” who prevented Ney from separating even more families.
After Ms. Bo was stabbed in the shoulder from behind, she said it was difficult to describe the anxiety as Ney fled in a balaclava.
“I fell like a hunted animal,” she said in her victim impact statement read by a supporter.
Blood poured out of her as she screamed for help before colleagues pulled her in, but the pain was excruciating, she said.
Despite Ney’s history of mental illness, his sister told the court that he had pleaded guilty so that the victims’ families would no longer have to suffer in court, nor did he want to waste any more tax money.
His trial session will resume on Tuesday.
Mrs. Dunn (pictured) has been described by her mother as ‘nice and wonderful’