Rampage killer who murdered Michaela Dunn faces punishment
A man who brutally murdered a defenceless woman before running bloodied and armed through the streets of Sydney's CBD has been jailed for at least 33 years.
Mert Ney was on Friday sentenced to a maximum of 44 years and a non-parole period of 33 years for the terrifying rampage on August 13, 2019, which began in a Clarence Street unit and brought the city to a standstill.
In delivering his sentence, Justice Peter Johnson told the court Ney set out to cause bedlam and serious harm to innocent people.
He said the 22-year-old committed "grave crimes of violence" during the course of a tragic series of events that started with the savage murder of Michaela Dunn.
Then aged 20, Ney booked in a $250 girlfriend experience appointment with Ms Dunn, 24, an escort, but ruthlessly attacked her with a knife as she desperately tried to fight him off.
He then filmed himself standing over her lifeless body, which was covered in horrific wounds, gloating in her death before sending the heinous video to a friend on social media.
Justice Johnson told the court Ney turned up to the apartment with $2 cash and no credit card, and was in no position to pay for the services.
He said Ms Dunn was "alone and vulnerable" in an apartment with a stranger who was bigger and stronger than her and had arrived with a knife in his backpack.
"This was a cruel, brutal and terrifying attack made for no reason," Justice Johnson said.
"It is entirely clear the offender intended to kill Ms Dunn."
After fleeing the apartment onto the city streets he stabbed Lin Bo in the back before heroic bystanders gave chase and pinned him to the ground using a milk crate and chair in Wynyard Lane.
Ney pleaded guilty to a string of charges including murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in October.
On Friday his body was visibly shaking in the dock as he sat waiting for Justice Johnson to enter the packed King Street courtroom to deliver his fate.
He wore a white shirt with no tie and rested his head on his left hand during the sentencing remarks, with Ms Dunn's family watching on with sunflowers pinned to their lapels.
Ney's mother and two sisters were also in attendance.
The court heard that in the lead up to the attack Ney joked with friends on social media about killing people and that he obsessively watched videos of the Christchurch massacre.
Giving evidence before his sentence hearing in March he told the court he booked an appointment with Ms Dunn to "get off the street", saying she asked him "are you OK?" before he pulled out a knife.
Ney said he stabbed her repeatedly "just to make her be silent" but later confessed he still does not know why he killed her.
"It just wouldn't stop. It kept going on for a few seconds," he said.
"I knew she was going to die. There were 20 or 30 stab wounds in her neck - she was going to die, there was no doubt about it."
The court was played disturbing videos he took in the moments after killing Ms Dunn, showing his blood-soaked hands and the distressing scene of her body. He sent the videos to a friend.
"Yeah I'm a f***ing psycho," Ney wrote. "I was laughing bro."
Justice Johnson rejected Ney's claims of a spontaneous attack and said those "gruesome and bizarre" videos showed he was enjoying the results of his onslaught on Ms Dunn.
At the March hearing Ney insisted he was only pretending to be a terrorist when he yelled "Allahu Akbar" while running through the streets and performed a gesture associated with ISIS in the hope cops would kill him.
"Kill me. F***ing kill me," the court heard he yelled to his pursuers.
Giving evidence on March 29, Ms Dunn's heartbroken mother Joanne said justice would never be done for her daughter.
Mrs Dunn said Michaela was an "amazing young woman".
"I want people to understand that Mikky could have been their daughter. Their sister, their friend. She was just the girl next door," Mrs Dunn said.
Prosecutors argued at the hearing Ney's offending was so extreme it deserved a life sentence.
Despite Ney's insistence Ms Dunn's killing wasn't planned, Crown prosecutor Craig Emerson described his actions as "premeditated murder and mayhem".
Friday's sentence also took into account unrelated charges including Ney's assault of his sister Yaezel on August 7, 2019 and possessing cannabis.
More to come.
Originally published as CBD rampage stabber learns jail sentence