A Sydney court has been told 1,500 pages of mental health and medical reports have been produced about a man accused of fatally stabbing a woman in the CBD last year.
- Mert Ney is charged with murdering 24-year-old Michaela Dunn
- Police alleged he visited Ms Dunn for a sex work appointment before the attack
- The case will return to court on September 15
Mert Ney, 21, was arrested last August and charged with murdering 24-year-old Michaela Dunn and seriously wounding 41-year-old Lin Bo.
This morning his lawyer sought a 12-week adjournment in Sydney’s Central Local Court, citing the need to explore Mr Ney’s fitness to plead and “potential defences that might be available”.
The court heard about 1,500 pages of material had already been produced from Justice Health and other organisations, but November was the earliest availability for a psychiatrist to compile a report.
The prosecutor opposed the adjournment on the grounds of “undue” and “unacceptable” delay, saying it had been over a year since the alleged offence and more than five months since Mr Ney’s defence first raised the prospect of mental health reports.
Magistrate Robert Williams noted the Criminal Procedure Act gave the court the power to commit matters if there had been “unreasonable delay”.
“I propose to list this matter next Tuesday and to hear arguments from the parties why this matter should not be committed,” he said.
Last year, the court heard police were accessing Mr Ney’s phone as part of their inquiries.
His charges include murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault, choking and drug possession.
During the incident, Mr Ney was seen climbing cars in the middle of the CBD before he was restrained by members of the public.
The incident caused emergency responders to lock down the city.
Police alleged Mr Ney visited Ms Dunn prior to his alleged attack for a sex work appointment.
The court previously heard he required medication for pain and mental illness and experienced problems in custody including insomnia.
The case will return to court on September 15.