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Sydney stabbing victim identified as sex worker, 24, who reportedly saw suspect before rampage

A lady who was killed moments earlier than a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in downtown Sydney on Tuesday whereas yelling “Allahu akbar” has been recognized as a 24-year-old intercourse employee who reportedly had seen the suspect no less than as soon as.

Michaela Dunn, 24, was found lifeless inside an condo after a 21-year-old man was confronted by a bunch of civilians, who have been in a position to pin him to the bottom with a milk crate till authorities have been in a position to arrest him.

New South Wales Police stated the slain lady had sustained a “laceration to her neck” and was pronounced lifeless on the scene about three p.m. on Tuesday. Police stated that an preliminary investigation discovered the person had “attended the unit for an appointment” round 1:30 p.m. earlier than he was seen on CCTV leaving the constructing by 1:50 p.m.

By 2 p.m., authorities have been responding to experiences of a person with a 12-inch knife making an attempt to stab a number of individuals close to a busy intersection in Australia’s largest metropolis.


A intercourse employee business advocate advised the Australian Broadcasting Company that she understood the suspect had seen intercourse employees, together with Dunn, on a number of events up to now. Police advised the ABC they imagine the suspect had visited Dunn beforehand for sexual companies.

Michaela Dunn, whose body was found in a Sydney apartment on Tuesday after the stabbing rampage.

Michaela Dunn, whose physique was present in a Sydney condo on Tuesday after the stabbing rampage.
(Getty Pictures/NSW Police Media)

“It’s not something that was at all expected or planned, from what I understand,” Scarlet Alliance Australian Intercourse Staff Affiliation chief govt Jules Kim advised the ABC.

A joint assertion by the Scarlet Alliance  stated that Dunn was a “whole individual who will be missed and mourned.”

“There is significant stigma and discrimination experienced by sex workers and too often our identities, lives and experiences are reduced to our occupation,” the group stated on Fb. “Sex industry workers are worthy of the same rights and protections as those working in other professions. They are equally deserving of empathy and consideration when befallen by tragedy.”


Dunn’s mom advised Australia’s 9News her daughter was a “beautiful, loving woman” who “traveled widely.”

One other good friend, Joan Westenberg, wrote on Twitter she was “incredible.”

In the course of the rampage, witnesses stated the person was making an attempt to assault individuals whereas yelling “Allahu akbar” –”God is the greatest” in Arabic – earlier than he was restrained by bystanders. Video taken by witnesses additionally confirmed him shouting the phrase.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Michael Fuller stated authorities haven’t labeled the stabbing rampage as an act of terrorism, however the 21-year-old suspect with a historical past of psychological sickness had collected info on-line about mass killings in North America and New Zealand.

A women is taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the corner of King and York Street in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

A ladies is taken by ambulance from Resort CBD on the nook of King and York Road in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
(Dean Lewins/AAP Picture through AP)

“He is, by definition, at the moment, a lone actor. Information was found on him that would suggest he has some ideologies in relation to terrorism, but he has no links to terrorism,” Fuller advised reporters. “There was certainly information found on him about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world.”


Video confirmed the person operating by way of an intersection, leaping on a automotive whereas waving a knife earlier than a bunch of males pinned the suspect to the pavement on his again with a plastic milk crate over his head and two chairs over his physique.

New South Wales Police Superintendent Gavin Wooden stated it appeared that the assault was unprovoked. The person “attempted to stab multiple people. Those attempts, thankfully, were unsuccessful.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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