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"Are you OK?"
Those were the last words of 24-year-old Michaela Dunn before she was murdered by Mert Ney, who stabbed her repeatedly in Sydney's CBD on August 13, 2019.
In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Peter Johnson jailed Ney for 44 years with a non-parole period of 33 years.
The now-23-year-old pleaded guilty to the murder of Dunn, and also admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for stabbing bystander Lin Bo during his frightening rampage.
Justice Johnson found Ney was a dangerous man who had gone into the city to murder a young woman, to use violence and to terrify people.
Although he had yelled "Allahu Akbar" on the street and delivered the Islamic State salute, the judge found he was not a religious zealot and the crimes did not relate to terrorism.
Because of Ney's mental health issues, he rejected the Crown's submission that he should be jailed for the rest of his life.
Mert Ney's violent rampage in Sydney's CBD.
On that fateful Tuesday, the then-20-year-old booked in for a sex work appointment at Dunn's Clarence Street apartment despite not having the money to pay for it.
He brought a butcher's knife with him in his bag.
Mere moments after Michaela Dunn opened the door for him, he stabbed her to death.
At his sentence hearing in the NSW Supreme Court in March, Ney described what happened, warning Ms Dunn's friends and family who were in the courtroom that the details were "graphic" and "pretty violent" - causing the victim's mother to leave.