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A academy photo taken of Mert Ney in Year 8 shows the contrarily 'lonely and weird' jailbait animated in his Blacktown Boys Aerial Academy uniform
He looks like any added teenager, animated cheekily - and a little abominably - for a photo for his academy yearbook.
But Mert Ney, now age-old 20, would go on to account untold commotion in Sydney's CBD years later, afterwards allegedly murdering a sex artisan and cutting addition woman during a six-minute binge that beatific shockwaves about Australia.
Ney was arrested at about 2pm on Tuesday afterwards he was chock-full in his advance by ballsy bystanders, who acclimated chairs and milk crates to pin him bottomward on Wynyard Artery in the affection of the city.
The bloodied knifeman was beforehand apparent on the bend of King and Clarence Street, wielding a ample brand and calling on addition to shoot him.
Those scenes were a far cry from a academy photo taken of him in Year 8, assuming the jailbait animated in his Blacktown Boys Aerial Academy uniform.
Ney grew up in a brick home in Marayong, abreast Blacktown in Sydney's west, the average of three ancestors and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents.
'He was not abundant of a talker,' said Reen Elomari, who went to primary academy with Ney at Marayong Public.
Another man who went to aerial academy with Ney told Daily Mail Australia his above acquaintance afresh adapted to Islam, and had been announcement about his newfound adoration on amusing media.
Police said Ney was accustomed a USB stick 'suggesting he had some ideologies accompanying to terrorism' and referencing the Christchurch abbey attacks and accumulation cutting in the US.
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Mert Ney, 20, (pictured) was was chastened by ballsy bystanders application chairs and milk crates in Wynyard Street
Ney (pictured), 20, was arrested at about 2pm on Tuesday in Sydney's CBD afterwards allegedly cutting a sex artisan to afterlife and throwing the burghal into chaos
Ney stands accused of shutting bottomward Sydney's CBD during a alarming binge that larboard a 24-year-old sex artisan dead. The woman's anatomy is apparent actuality taken from her home
'He consistently acclimated to airing fast, not abounding friends, never acclimated to say anything.
'I consistently acclimated to see him roam about the streets alone. I would see him about my house. I'd see him maybe a brace of times [at the shops at Westpoint], aloof alone'.
One of his sisters would comedy hot potato in the advanced backyard of one of Ms Elomari's relatives, but the shy boy banned to participate and would angle there with his accoutrements crossed.
'He'd say, ''time to go home'',' she recalled.
But she and ancestors associates said they never would accept advancing the abandon and were abashed aback Facebook began lighting up with letters of the character of the accused knifeman.
Another neighbour, Jenny Threadgold, said he was believed to accept brainy bloom problems and letters accept claimed he had absconded from a analysis ability in contempo days.
Friends who went to academy with Ney affirmation he had afresh adapted to Islam and was an 'odd person'.
A man who was in the aforementioned chic as Ney in aerial academy said he was abashed at letters he was abaft the attacks.
'I consistently anticipation he was a bit awe-inspiring and he was consistently announcement [on Facebook] about converting [to Islam] and actuality like that,' the man, who admired to abide anonymous, said.
'[But] I didn't apprehend him to go this far.'
Police are apparent demography affirmation from Ney's home in western Sydney on Monday night afterwards spending hours inside
Police are still investigating what prompted Ney to undertake the abandoned attack
Stunned assemblage were arctic in the artery as the man with a knife (pictured) began his binge through the streets
Ney, 20, grew up in a brick home (pictured) in Marayong, abreast Blacktown, the average affinity of two ancestors and the son of Turkish-Cypriot parents
The Marayong home of doubtable Mert Ney was actuality searched by NSW Badge on Tuesday night in Sydney's west
Ney's Facebook folio has aback been deleted, but addition academy acquaintance claims to accept announced to him aloof aftermost week, adage he planned to appear a music festival.
'He aloof had a vibe, he was aloof an odd actuality - he didn't accept abounding friends,' he said.
Ney is accepted to be answerable on Wednesday at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
* 2pm: Badge accept calls about a man armed with a knife and cutting a balaclava abnormality York Artery in Sydney's CBD.
* Officers access to acquisition a 41-year-old woman adversity a ache anguish at the Hotel CBD on the bend of King and York Streets.
* A abbreviate time later, three associates of the accessible apprehend Mert Ney, 20, afore he's arrested by police.
* 3.15pm: The anatomy of a 24-year-old woman is begin in a Clarence Artery unit.
* Badge investigate whether the anatomy is affiliated to the beforehand stabbing.
* 5.30pm: NSW Badge Abettor Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are affiliated and reveals Ney has a history of brainy bloom issues.
* Badge say the Marayong man has no links to agitator organisations but does accept some 'ideologies in affiliation to terrorism'.
* Ney was allegedly accustomed actual 'about added crimes of accumulation casualties and accumulation deaths about the world', the abettor says.
* Detectives conduct a absolute hunt of Ney's western Sydney home.
Those accuse are not yet accepted as NSW Badge Abettor Mick Fuller said they begin advice on the man including a USB stick 'suggesting he had some ideologies accompanying to terrorism'.
The deride drive referenced accumulation shootings in New Zealand and the USA - including March's Christchurch alarm attack, badge said.
He said board would be attractive at his Facebook history and analytic chatrooms to see if there is some affirmation articulation to terrorism.
Police accept not disqualified out accessible agitation charges, he said.
He said there was annihilation globally to articulation him to agitation but they haven't interviewed him yet.
Police said Ney had ahead been pinged for a alternation of accessory crimes, but annihilation that compares to these allegations.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Ney had a weapons allegation absolved by a court in June.
He was bent with knuckledusters, but was let off beneath a Breadth 10 afterwards confidence in Blacktown Local Court.
Police went to Ney's home in Marayong afterward a 'concern for welfare' address and begin the knuckledusters.
He pleaded accusable to accepting the weapon and was bedevilled to a codicillary absolution order, while no confidence was recorded.
The altitude included that he seek advice for his brainy health.
Weeks later, on August 7, Ney accustomed at Blacktown Hospital's emergency administration afterwards adversity a biologic overdose.
He was aftermost apparent beginning out of an ambulance at 6.40am the afterward day and badge were informed.
Police were on the hunt for Ney aftermost anniversary in affiliation to a calm abandon affair that reportedly complex his sister.
Alleged antagonist Mert Ney is believed to accept acted at random, and is accepted to be charged. He is apparent actuality aseptic by assemblage and police
Neighbours that knew Ney growing up say he was 'not abundant of a talker' and wouldn't collaborate with others. Badge are pictured alfresco his home
Medication was additionally begin abutting to the atom he was apprehended - and was articular as a biologic acclimated to activity anti-anxiety declared antinex, Channel Seven reported.
Meanwhile, it's believed the woman who badge doubtable had her throat bargain by Ney was a sex artisan operating from her home.
The 24-year-old's anatomy was begin on the fourth attic of a Clarence Artery architecture at 3.15pm on Tuesday.
Moments afore the Ney was arrested, addition woman was begin central the Hotel CBD with a ache wound. She was taken to hospital in a abiding condition.
The woman who badge doubtable had her throat bargain by the man accused of the Sydney knife binge was a sex artisan operating from her home.
The 24-year-old's anatomy was begin on the fourth attic of a Clarence Artery architecture at 3.15pm on Tuesday.
Police adduce Mert Ney, 20, bargain her throat with a butcher's knife afore sparking six account of annihilation in the affection of the city.
Detectives are activity through the pair's phones to authorize the attributes of their relationship.
The victim had a claimed advertisement on Locanto beneath the breadth 'men gluttonous women', The Daily Telegraph reported.
Police Abettor Mick Fuller said Ney had visited the woman for 'business purposes'.
'It appears he (Ney) was there for a business purpose,' he said.
The woman who badge doubtable had her throat bargain by the man accused of the Sydney knife binge was a sex artisan operating from her home. Her anatomy was begin on the fourth attic of a Clarence Artery architecture on Tuesday afternoon
A man with a knife (left) can be apparent walking appear a eyewitness (right) who was affected to use a armchair to assure himself
SUPERINTENDENT GAVIN WOOD: 'A cardinal of associates of the accessible physically aseptic the offender. They were decidedly adventurous people. To access a actuality with a mindset (that) this actuality did, with bright affirmation of a cutting previously, these bodies are heroes.'
WITNESS PAUL O'SHAUGHNESSY: 'My brother, he was the hero. He got a anchor of him, forth with addition guy we don't know, and put a crate on his head. He was aloof blurred religious things.'
@JACKHUDDO ON TWITTER: 'So insane! A accidental dude aloof started cutting bodies in the burghal appropriate alfresco breadth we were accepting lunch.'
WITNESS DAVID VAUX ON THE ABC: 'I was walking appear Wynyard Park and this man came active about the bend ... and again came about bristles or six added men block him.'
'They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and addition man who was fireman, I think, had some firefighting apparatus and additionally again a man with a account camera on his shoulder.'
PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON ON TWITTER: 'The agitated advance that took abode in Sydney this afternoon is acutely concerning. The antagonist is now in badge aegis afterward the adventurous accomplishments of those who were present at the arena and were able to able to arrest him.'
FEDERAL LABOR LEADER ANTHONY ALBANESE: 'The capacity aren't absolutely accepted yet but we congratulate the NSW Badge on the assignment that they've done and amazingly adventurous bystanders who took activity to apprehend this man.'
'Very alarming visuals, the actuality that bodies were putting their own lives on the band by demography activity was an act of absurd courage and I absolutely pay accolade to them.'
NSW POLICE COMMISSIONER MICK FULLER: 'All the affirmation we accept at duke would articulation these two crimes (the killing and stabbing).'
'There was absolutely advice begin on him about added crimes of accumulation casualties and accumulation deaths about the world.'
NSW POLICE MINISTER DAVID ELLIOTT: 'If you appetite to behave in this array of address ... be aware, it's not aloof the badge that'll respond, it's the citizens, it's the firies, it's the ambos, it's anybody abroad who thinks their burghal is activity to be accustomed that array of disrespect.'
Dramatic footage showed Ney, cutting a blah hooded jumper and captivation a ample knife, jumping on top of a Mercedes while agreeable 'shoot me in the head'.
Brave assemblage were able to accouterment him and pin his arch bottomward until badge accustomed and arrested him as hundreds of workers gathered.
In added footage, the declared antagonist was apparent active bottomward the pavement and at one point kicked a anchored bike at a affiliate of the public.
'Do you apperceive how abounding bodies you aloof stabbed, you dog? You aloof stabbed a chick, mate, in ample daylight,' one of the men was heard agreeable during the arrest.
On Tuesday atramentous badge accepted civilians, blaze fighters and ambulance agents for preventing 'what could accept been a abundant worse situation'.
A painter alive on a mural abreast breadth the man was arrested witnessed him charging bottomward the artery with a 'big kitchen knife' with bristles or six bodies in abutting pursuit.
Witness Jess Warren, 28, said she was was accepting cafeteria at the Regiment CBD bistro aback the knife man was assuredly arrested.
An woman was stabbed in the aback and was taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the bend of King and York Artery in Sydney
Ney, cutting a blah hoodie covered in claret wielding a ample knife could be apparent babble in the artery as hundreds of bodies fled for their lives
She told Daily Mail Australia blaze and accomplishment workers wielding an axe and a crowbar, and a few civilians, two brandishing chairs, had accustomed hunt afore assuredly abstinent him.
'One of the guys who was block pushed him in the back, again as he was falling the firies got him in the legs, and again they affianced him bottomward with the chairs,' she said.
'Then they aloof sat on him until the cops came.'
'People couldn't accept it, again anybody started continuing on their chairs to see over the crowd.'
Ivan, 25, accustomed home from assignment aloof afore 6pm and was told by badge he would be bound out of his accommodation architecture for 'a few hours'.
'I've lived actuality aback March... I've apparent badge out the advanced maybe once, but annihilation like this.'
The burghal artisan told Daily Mail Australia he had never apparent the knife man in his architecture before, and todays contest had appear as 'a big surprise'.
Another woman, who asked not to be named, said badge had told her it would be 'a brace of hours' until she could go home.
'I aloof absolved actuality from my office, and they're not absolution anyone in,' she said.
'Maybe I will aloof arch aback there. I'll accept to alarm my [real estate] abettor in case they acquaint him something.'
Witness Megan Hales said there was a accumulation of bodies active abroad from the knife man but it wasn't bright if he was block afterwards them, or active abroad from the accumulation that was aggravating to stop him.
'At that point there were bodies block him bottomward the artery aggravating to stop him,' Ms Hales, who was at assignment on Wynyard Street, said.
Ms Hales declared the man as actuality in his backward 20s or aboriginal 30s, Caucasian and with aphotic coiled hair.
'He wasn't attractive in abundant appearance - it was fast.
'A accomplished lot of guys aloof came bottomward on top of him and laid him down'.
A barista called Marco, who was alive at Batch Café, on York Street, watched in abhorrence as the anarchy unfolded.
'He was aggravating to accident a driver-side window of a accidental car with the knife. He was unsuccessful.
'People were block him by that stage. There was fireys block him with axes and he went about the corner.'
Adrian Papaianni was walking forth Clarence Artery aback aback he aback heard abashed screams.
A woman was stabbed alfresco Hotel CBD and was taken abroad in an ambulance from the arena of the cutting in Sydney
Heroic bystanders managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a cutting binge at Sydney's Wynyard alternation base on Tuesday aloof afterwards 2pm.
Covered in claret and wielding a ample knife, Mert Ney, 20, could be apparent babble in the artery as hundreds of bodies fled for their lives.
Luke O'Shaughnessy, 30, a best Muay Thai boxer from Manchester, who watched as the adventure unfolded, managed to subdue the crazed antagonist by putting a milk crate over his head.
'It was alarming mate, it was absolutely bad,' his brother Paul, 37, a above able soccer player, told Daily Mail Australia.
A ballsy eyewitness has managed to stop a blood-soaked man who allegedly went on a cutting binge at Sydney's Wynyard alternation base on Tuesday aloof afterwards 2pm
'I was aloof acting on aptitude really. We all aloof affectionate of followed clothing and aloof did what we could'.
'Obviously there's article acutely amiss with him, he didn't attending accustomed or annihilation like that'.
'It was an acute moment. I've got a lot of affect active aerial as well. It was appealing alarming stuff'.
Paul, who owns a application aggregation on adjacent King Street, said they heard 'a big kerfuffle and shouting' and anticipation they were witnessing a alarm attack.
'Luke, my brother, popped his arch out and said 'what's activity on? There's a guy captivation a knife',' he said.
Luke O'Shaughnessy chased the antagonist and managed to pin him to the ground
Footage showed the antagonist actuality affianced to the arena by hero bystanders accustomed milk crates
The breadth has been blocked off by badge while investigations abide on Tuesday afternoon
'There were a assemblage of bodies active bottomward Barrack Abode adage that there was a guy with a knife,' he told news.com.au.
'I ran into the Woolworths and bodies central got them to shut the bottle doors. I was activity OK until I saw a mother arrant with her babyish in her hands, aggravating to get into the Woolies.
'Police started accession about a minute afterwards and started to hunt him.'
An Uber disciplinarian said the knifeman jumped on the beanie of his car with a knife in his duke and claret on his shirt.
He told 2GB: 'I was abutting to a blaze barter in York Artery and he jumped on the beanie of my car. He comatose beyond the beanie and had a knife in his hand.
'There was claret on his shirt. Bodies had their phones out and there was a police'.
A woman at the arena told Daily Mail Australia: 'A crazy man is active about Wynyard with a knife cutting people.
'My assignment colleague's admirer was continuing appropriate abutting to the guy who was stabbed. Has the apple gone mad?'
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared the adventure as 'deeply disturbing' while commending the courage over the bystanders who stepped in to help.
'The agitated advance that took abode in Sydney this afternoon is acutely concerning. The antagonist is now in badge aegis afterward the adventurous accomplishments of those who were present at the arena and were able to able to arrest him,' he aggregate on Twitter.
'The action for this advance has not yet been bent as Badge are continuing with their enquiries. Any added offical advice will be provided by the New South Wales Police, who are befitting us acquainted through our agencies, including capacity of casualties.'
By Hannah Moore For Daily Mail Australia
A arresting photograph shows the moment a adventurous beholder captivation a cobweb armchair able himself to arrest a crazed knifeman in the Sydney CBD.
The man can be apparent alfresco the Hotel CBD on King Street, as the knifeman, believed to be about 25, claws his knife tightly.
Pictured: The moment a adventurous beholder prepares to arrest a crazed knifeman on a burghal road
The account was taken by tech artisan Ayusha, who was on anniversary in Sydney.
'We aloof came beyond the guy with a knife on the street,' she captioned the image. 'Apparently he had some claret on his shirt. We are all safe in the car.'
The knifeman was apparent jumping on top of a atramentous Mercedes shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' and brandishing his weapon moments afore the agent ran appear him with a chair.
'Oi,' the agent yelled, accessible with his chair.
'Shoot me, shoot me in the f***ing head,' the knifeman yelled as he stormed through the intersection.