An alleged Islamic State supporter who stabbed a man in his Sydney neighbourhood said he was going to kill him and aimed repeated blows at his head, a jury has been told.
Ihsas Khan, 25, is on trial in the NSW Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to committing a terrorist act and wounding with intent to murder over the attack at Minto, in Sydney’s southwest, in 2016.
Khan is not disputing he stabbed Wayne Greenhalgh, but is fighting the charges on the grounds of mental illness.
In a 2016 police interview played to the jury today, Mr Greenhalgh said he’d been walking by Khan’s home on the afternoon of September 10 when the young man went inside and re-emerged with a backpack.
He pulled out a “sword-like machete” and came at Mr Greenhalgh, who was 57 at the time.
“He got me probably three or four times and I didn’t know what to do,” Mr Greenhalgh told police from his hospital bed.
“There was blood pouring out of everywhere.”
He told the court today that Khan said: “I’m going to f—ing kill you… Allah Allah.”
Mr Greenhalgh ran to a nearby hairdresser to escape, while his neighbours fended off Khan with a broom, fence pailing and a rock.
“Lucky they were there at that time, lucky,” he told the court today.
Mr Greenhalgh received injuries to his right arm, left hand, face and lung, and was off work for four months after the stabbing, the jury heard.
The trial continues.