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16-yr-old charged with terrorism offence after stabbing in Sydney church

Updated: Apr 18th, 2024

A 16-year-old boy was charged with a terrorism offence today in connection with a stabbing incident in a Sydney church earlier this week.

At around 7.10 p.m. local time on Apr 15, emergency services were called to a church on the corner of Box Road and Welcome Street in Wakeley, following reports of a stabbing.

Officers found a 53-year-old man suffering significant injuries to his head, while a 39-year-old man also sustained lacerations and a shoulder wound when he attempted to intervene, an international news agency reported.

The 16-year-old, who had been restrained by members of the public, was arrested by police at the scene.

The New South Wales Police Force confirmed in a statement that investigators attended a medical facility to interview the boy on Thursday afternoon.

“He was charged with committing a terrorist act under Section 101.1 Criminal Code Act (Commonwealth) 1995, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life,” said the state police.

The teenager has been refused bail and is expected to appear at a bedside court hearing on Apr 19.

(Source: IANS)

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