Michaela Dunn (pictured) was repeatedly stabbed by Mert Ney on August 13, 2019
A knife man who stabbed a woman to death in a hotel room has been taken from court wearing an orange prison suit after providing graphic evidence of his heinous crime.
Mert Ney pleaded guilty to the murder of Michaela Dunn in her Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019.
Michaela Dunn’s mother left the courtroom before Mey went on to describe what had happened, after warning his attorney Belinda Rigg SC that it was ‘too explicit’ and ‘quite violent’.
The 23-year-old told his verdict to the NSW Supreme Court that he had wanted to stop the sex worker from yelling.
“Just to keep her quiet,” he said on Tuesday.
“I stabbed her all over — face, hands, arms, chest, leg.”
Ney was led away from the court in an oversized orange prison jumpsuit with his hands chained to a waistband tied to cuffs.
Since his time in custody, the knife man has had ‘G59’ tattooed on the right side of his face in front of his ear.
Ney was led away from court in an oversized orange prison jumpsuit with his hands chained to a waistband tied to cuffs
Since his time in custody, the knife man has tattooed ‘G59’ on the right side of his face, in front of his ear
G59 is the name of a record label that manages the American hip-hop duo Suicideboys. It is not known whether the label was Ney’s intended reference for his tattoo.
Ney pleaded guilty to the murder of Mrs. Dunn, 24, in her Clarence Street apartment in August 2019.
He has also admitted other violent crimes, including injuring with intent to cause serious bodily harm for stabbing Lin Bo in the street during his CBD frenzy.
When Mrs. Rigg asked how he felt about the murder now, Ney said he had ruined lives for no reason.
“It was all pointless and selfish,” he said.
Ney said he had reached the point of no return after there were 20 or 30 stab wounds to her neck.
“She was going to die, no doubt about that.”
Michaela Dunn’s mother (left) left the courtroom just as Ney began to describe what happened when he pulled out a knife and used it to kill the 24-year-old sex worker
Joanne Dunn, Michaela Dunn’s mother leaves during a break at the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney, Tuesday March 30
He said he was then fully committed to his ‘final chapter’ of murder by the police.
Ney summed up his history of mental health problems, addictions, and his desire to die at the hands of the police.
He had repeatedly seen images of the Christchurch massacre and other terrorist and mass shootings.
One reason was to understand that his mother was distant because of the trauma and torture she had endured in a civil war.
But another was a ‘really bad obsession to look at really bad acts’.
He said he never agreed with the perpetrators or the message they said they were trying to convey.
He disagreed with a psychiatrist’s suggestion that he may have been motivated to kill Ms. Dunn in retaliation for Muslims killed in Christchurch.
The shooter’s manifesto “ didn’t make sense ” and was actually a joke.
He denied prosecutor Craig Everson’s suggestion that he was motivated by religious extremism.
“I don’t even know why I did it, it’s speculation,” he said.
Ney said he only shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ on the street and brought the greeting from the Islamic State so that the police would shoot him.
In the run-up to his insult, he had gone to a mosque to get help with his addictions, which he said he saw gambling, prostitutes, took tablets and watched pornography excessively.
Ney pleaded guilty to the murder of Mrs. Dunn in her Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019
Mr. Everson argued that Ney should be sentenced to life behind bars despite his young age, guilty plea and mental health problems.
While there was no evidence that he was associated with terrorist groups or ideologies, he was involved in his ‘own violent jihad’ that was in his head when he behaved the way he did.
But Ms. Rigg was referring to her client’s evidence indicating that he was in a very disorderly state and panicked when Ms. Dunn started screaming.
She noted that there is no evidence that he is motivated by religious extremism and that he has repeatedly stated to the police that he would shoot him.
Justice Peter Johnson will convict him on May 14.