AustraliaSydney CBD stabbing suspect was staying in emergency accommodation
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Mert Ney had been staying in temporary accommodation in western Sydney in the days leading up to the CBD stabbing attack, with fellow residents saying he claimed to have been kicked out of home.
Mr Ney had been living in a Christian not-for-profit home in Blacktown following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his sister.
The two-storey property is a group home offering temporary, emergency accommodation.
One of the residents told Nine News that Mr Ney had slept at the home the night before the attack and had disclosed to her that he had recently been discharged from hospital.
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"He said, 'My mum recently kicked me out, I'm homeless, I'm seeking a house of my own.' And the next day we wake up and see him on the news," the resident said.
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Four men say they instinctively sprung into action, pushing through terrified crowds fleeing from a knife-wielding man who had jumped onto the bonnet of a car in Sydney's CBD.
He also rambled about a USB and left very early in the morning on Tuesday, the resident said.
Police will allege Mr Ney stabbed Michaela Dunn in a CBD apartment, before running down Clarence, King and York streets, terrorising pedestrians and stabbing another woman in the back.
As he ran through the streets Mr Ney screamed terrorist slogans, while he was also found to have a phone and USB stick containing files relating to recent mass killings around the world.
The home was was one of two properties searched by police on Tuesday evening, after Mr Ney allegedly took to the streets of Sydney with a kitchen knife, stabbing one woman in the back and leaving another dead after slashing her in the neck in a CBD apartment.
By lunchtime on Wednesday there was no sign of any police operation at the home and a man who answered the door declined to comment.
The property is owned by Huatian International Pty Ltd. However, it is leased by the Christian non-denominational Providential Homes, an organisation established in 2010 by Cheryle and Warren Weir.
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According to its website, Providential Homes "began with five, brand new, four bedroom town houses in Rooty Hill" and now "provides food, clothing and shelter to thousands of people every year across Sydney".
"We have several accommodation styles including accommodations for single men and women, women with children, youth and a variety of family homes, which can comfortably house families of up to 9 people."
The emergency accommodation model offers immediate short-term accommodation, as well as "transitional" accommodation, to assist guests while they search for longer-term housing.
Mr Weir has been contacted for comment.
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